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Sammy not bothered
NEW DELHI, India--Dar-
ren Sammy said he still cares
about the game in the Car-
ibbean, but he loses little
sleep about a recall to the
West Indies team.
The former West Indies cap-
tain said he had little regret
about publicly chiding the
West Indies Cricket Board after
winning last year's Twenty20
World Cup final against Eng-
land, which was the final time
he played for the regional side.
"It is sad that my last inter-
national was the World T20
final," Sammy told the Press
Trust of India news agency. "I
am still available for selection
in limited overs cricket, but I am
not going to cry over non-se-
"I am still out there playing
in the different leagues around
the world, if selected I am avail-
able. But I am not crying over
The 33-year-old Sammy
had modest returns in an in-
ternational career for West
Indies during which he played
38 Tests, 126 One-day and 66
Twenty20 Internationals be-
tween 2004 and last year.
He was however, widely
praised for his passionate lead-
ership which inspired the team
to win the T20 World Cup twice
(2012 and last year) and perform
creditably in the other two for-
mats of the game, even rising to
fifth in the Test rankings.
But his outburst following
the T20 World Cup final last
year was dimly viewed by re-
gional administrators and he
subsequently lost the leader-
ship of the T20 side to World
Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite.
"What I said on the podium
after winning the final, I said it
from my heart," said Sammy. "I
said what I had to. I expected
things to happen. But I don't
lose sleep over it anymore.
"God has blessed me tremen-
dously. He is my selector. So I
am not worried about what is
going to happen.
I still do care about West
Indies cricket, but if I am not
selected, I am not going to sulk
Sammy is in India to as part
of the Kings XI Punjab team
playing in the Indian Premier
League T20 tournament.
It's the latest of the T20 gigs
of which he has been a part, as
he continues to play the game
around the world.
He arrived for the tourna-
ment late following recovery at
home in St. Lucia from an injury
he sustained in the Hong Kong
T20 league in March.
"I am just waiting for my op-
portunity," he said. "Obviously,
the coaching staff is trying to
get the right combination. I also
came in late from injury, so I
am just waiting for my chance."
Kings XI Punjab are currently
fifth in the standings and were
playing on Sunday, hoping to
win and enhance their chances
of making the playoffs of the
Windies must now do the
The West Indies
cricket team must
now do the previous-
ly unthinkable in the
third and deciding
test match vs Pakistan
starting in Dominica on
As hard as it seemed
to be possible when the
West Indies were being
well beaten by Pakistan inside of four days in the first
Test in Jamaica last month after losing a day's play to
rain the Caribbean side must now win this series 2- 1.
The path to victory is quite simple. WI must do the
same things that allowed us to demolish Pakistan in
the second Test in Barbados even better.
West Indies have found the formula which I would
not reveal like many of our commentators would for
the Pakistanis to know. Call names and I'll say if they
are led by a bishop or not!!!
All West Indies have to do in Dominica is find the
courage, discipline and maturity as a team to imple-
ment it again. I say this because the team's coach Mr
Stuart Law found a particular strategy to win the
first One Day International (ODI) vs Pakistan but
West Indies did not have what it took to do it twice.
This was because this is no small task. Pakistan is a
very dangerous team on any given day and therefore
cannot be underestimated.
West Indies must now find the inner steel as a team
to put its foot on the neck of the Pakistani lion and
cut it off!
Towards this end West Indies top order desperately
needs strengthening because the Pakistanis would be
coming at us hard! Kieron Powell and Vishaul Singh
have amply demonstrated that they have neither the
technique nor the footwork for the highest level of
cricket at this point in time.
If West Indies want to win then the team cannot
continue to ask the tail to wag the team. The best re-
placements West Indies have for those two are Evin
Lewis and Jason Mohammed respectively. Shimron
Hetmeyer is the future of West Indies cricket and
should at least be given one more chance at this level.
Also, Davendra Bishoo must now find the form that
made him unplayable in our last series vs the same
West Indies can do it!
West Indies supporter
Soca Warriors must play stronger teams
If Trinidad & Tobago is serious about qualifying for
the FIFA World Cup Tournament to be held in Russia
next year, then the T&TFA must start arranging the
national team to play friendly practice matches against
more sterner opposition than Barbados and Grenada
with due respect to our Caribbean neighbours.
I think friendly matches against top club sides let's
say from Argentina, England, etc should be what the
management of the National Team let the TTFA ad-
ministration know that is what is needed right now
for our guys.
If the national team have to peak for these remaining
World Cup qualifiers in the Hexagon stage then they
would need to play practice matches against "quality"
players for their own benefit.
So, come on coach Dennis "Tallest" Lawrence, let
Mr. David John-Williams, the T&TFA president know
that you're very serious about your job as head coach
of the national senior football team.
Kelvin La Roche
Darren Sammy... makes himself
available for selection.
CARIBBEAN GOLF CHAMPIONS
Proud members of the T&T Caribbean Senior golf championship team which dominated at the the Puna Cana Golf Course at
Paraisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic on the weekend. The players from left are Monty Chapman,Fabien Lee Foon,
Richard Camacho, Pauline Figuera-Raynor, Reynold Deonath, Cesar Rivera (CGA Tournament Coordinator), Wayne Baptiste (
Manage, Clint Alfred), Deryck Gonsalves, Amoy Chang Fong. At back is CGA President Asraph Ali. Photo: Courtesy T&TGA
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