Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 2nd 2016 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 2, 2016
BRIDGETOWN---Twenty20 captain Darren
Sammy has spoken of his disappointment
at not being offered a retainer contract by
the West Indies Cricket Board.
The former Test captain was one chopped
from the 15-man list announced recently by
the WICB for the period running from Octo-
ber 1 last year to September 30, 2016.
"It s the first time in the last seven or eight
years that I ve not been given a retainer by
"It s quite disappointing but cricket has
not been about Darren Sammy, it s for the
West Indian people," Sammy was quoted as
telling a Pakistan cricket website.
"I am disappointed that I never received
a contract from the WICB but it s not my
decision. I ve played the two limited-overs
formats for West Indies on a regular basis
and performed the role I was asked. It s very
disappointing, particularly as I am the Twen-
ty20 captain, but life goes on."
Sammy has been a key figure in West
Indies cricket over the last five years and
played a significant role in leading the
Caribbean side to the capture of the Twen-
ty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago.
He also captained the side in 30 of his 38
Tests before retiring two years ago after being
sacked in favour of Denesh Ramdin.
Sammy has continued to play the shorter
formats, however, and was part of the one-
day squad for the Cricket World Cup in Aus-
tralia and New Zealand last February.
The 32-year-old, who now campaigns
extensively in the various domestic T20
leagues across the globe, said he remained
committed to representing West Indies in
the shorter formats.
"I guess they (WICB) are more focused
on Test cricket which I ve retired from but
I m fully committed to the One-Day and
Twenty20 format for West Indies if selected,"
"Looking back, when I was growing up I
only dreamed of playing for West Indies but
now I can travel the world and play for so
many different franchise teams."
He added: "I ve had some fantastic times
playing for West Indies. I enjoy playing for
West Indies and it is still my number one
"I have never missed a chance to play for
West Indies and have always put playing for
my country first and I have always made
myself available for selection."
Sammy will lead the Windies at the T20
World Cup in India in March. (CMC)
DUBAI---Former West Indies captain Brian
Lara has backed young Test captain Jason
Holder to become "an awesome leader" but
believes he first requires the full support
of the West Indies Cricket Board.
Holder became West Indies youngest ever
Test captain at age 23 when he was appointed
to the position last September, ahead of the
tour of Sri Lanka.
And while results have hardly been flat-
tering, Lara said Holder needed the trust of
his employers in order to succeed.
"I think Jason could be an awesome captain
and an awesome leader. He first of all has
the ability to be in a team which is very
important," said Lara, who led West Indies
in 47 of his 131 Tests.
"It is also very important that if you entrust
a 23 or 24-year-old with the job of captaining
the West Indies team, you have to make sure
that you give him the support that is nec-
essary. He has to have the confidence that
he will be there for [an extended] period of
"If his performances are going to be judged
too harshly then that does not make sense,
as he doesn t have the experience to do the
job [at the moment]."
West Indies lost both Tests away to Sri
Lanka and were soundly beaten 2-0 in the
subsequent three-Test series against Australia
The Caribbean side have won just one of
their last ten Tests---a shock five-wicket win
over England last May at Kensington Oval
Lara, West Indies all-time leading run-
scorer with 11 953 runs, blamed the WICB
for the regional side s marked decline in world
"We have got a lot of things wrong in West
Indies cricket. I believe that administratively
we haven t been doing the right thing. There
is not effort being made to create a proper
academy for our youngsters," the 46-year-
"The West Indies Cricket Board really
hasn t grasped what is necessary and unfor-
tunately we are lingering at the bottom of
Holder is also the West Indies one-day
captain and led the side at the Cricket World
Cup in Australia and New Zealand last Feb-
Bravo signs with
Surrey for T20 Blast
LONDON---All-rounder Dwayne Bravo will
join West Indies teammate Chris Gayle in
the English T20 Blast after putting pen to
paper for County club Surrey.
The 32-year-old Trinidadian is a powerful
lower order batsman and slippery medium
pacer who is one of the many sought-after
West Indies players currently campaigning on
the global Twenty20 circuit.
Surrey s Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart,
hailed Bravo as a "game changer", nothing
that he would be an asset for the club during
"Dwayne is one of the top all-rounders in
world T20 cricket. He s played with great suc-
cess wherever he s been so to secure his serv-
ices is a great coup for us," the former England
"He s a game changer and a match win-
ner---and he told me has always wanted to
play for Surrey---and I m sure plenty of people
will want to come through the gates to see
Bravo is coming off a successful stint in the
Australia Big Bash where he turned out for
Melbourne Stars alongside Gayle.
The Trinidadian is one of the most expe-
rienced T20 campaigners available with nearly
277 games to his name. He has scored 4492
runs at a strike rate of 125 and taken 285 wick-
ets at an economy rate of eight runs an over.
Bravo said signing for Surrey was special
since he had always had his eyes on the club.
"I m really happy to have signed for Surrey.
It s a club I ve always wanted to play for. I
can t wait to join the boys in June and play
in front of all my English fans."
Bravo will play all of Surrey s T20 fixtures
during the month of June. (CMC)
Gayle smashes century
in All Star match
GEORGETOWN---Superstar Chris Gayle fur-
ther enhanced his status as the world s pre-
mier Twenty20 batsman with a whirlwind
hundred in the Unity Cricket match here
The Jamaican left-hander blasted 101 from
a mere 48 balls as his Legacy All Star XI chased
down 177 to trounce 007 Warriors by three
wickets with 19 balls to spare at the National
Stadium at Providence.
Gayle pummeled four fours and 11 sixes as
he raced to his half-century off 34 balls, and
then required only a further 13 deliveries to
reach three figures in an amazing innings.
In the 14th over of the innings from leg-
spinner Samuel Badree which gushed 31 runs,
Gayle smashed five consecutive sixes.
Gayle, who put on 50 off 32 deliveries for
the first wicket with Andre Fletcher (18), even-
tually retired at 150 for one with the All Stars
well on their way to victory.
Former West Indies stroke-maker
Ramnaresh Sarwan weighed in with 24 while
Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo struck 22.
Earlier, West Indies limited overs opener
Lendl Simmons stroked 50 off 38 balls with
five fours and two sixes to help 007 Warriors
up to 176 for eight off their 20 overs.
West Indies Test captain Jason Holder man-
aged just 13 while T20 skipper Darren Sammy
T20 star Dwayne Smith failed with seven.
Bravo claimed two for 23 with his medium
The match was a private venture staged to
contribute to Guyana s 50th Independence
Anniversary celebrations. (CMC)
West Indies women's allrounder Deandra Dottin goes through a fielding drill at the 34Ws
Oval, Barbados yesterday. The West Indies are current at a camp in Barbados in
preparation for the T20- World Cup in India in March. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET
DUBAI---West Indies stay at the summit
of the ICC Twenty20 world rankings has
ended after just three weeks.
They were toppled by India who completed
a 3-0 series sweep over Australia in Sydney
on Sunday by winning the final Twenty20
International by seven wickets.
India, who will host the Twenty20 World
Cup in March, now sit on top of the standings
with 120 ratings points---two clear of the
Windies who now lie second on 118 points.
However, the Caribbean side are only nar-
rowly ahead of reigning World champions
Sri Lanka also on 118 points and England,
who are fourth on 117 points in what is a
tightly bunched table.
West Indies were elevated to the top spot
21 days ago when Sri Lanka suffered a 0-2
series defeat to New Zealand and lost their
top ranking. The Windies are former World
champions after winning the 2012 World
Cup in Sri Lanka, when they beat the hosts
in a dramatic final.
They enter the upcoming Twenty20 World
Cup as one of the favourites after selectors
last week chose a full strength squad for the
March 8 to April 3 tournament. (CMC)
by contract snub
...but committed to West Indies cricket
Lara: Holder can be awesome leader
Windies toppled from top after three-week stay
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