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Sammy would give up a hat


BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Sammy would give up a hat

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Darren Sammy would have no difficulty in stepping down as West Indies cricket captain in one of the three formats of the game.
The 29-year-old all-rounder, who was first appointed captain of the regional side in 2010, made a return to action over the weekend for back-to-back Twenty20 Internationals against Zimbabwe following a rest for the preceding three-match series of three One-Day Internationals.
Sammy was granted a rest following a heavy diet of cricket in all forms of the game over the past two-and-a-half years.
Speaking on United Insurance’s Line & Length television programme that was aired regionally on SportsMax on Saturday night and locally on CBC last night, Sammy said it would not be an issue if he was asked to relinquish the captaincy in one form of the game.
“The decision is not mine,” he said. “If tomorrow the chairman calls or whoever makes the decision and says, ‘Darren, we’re thinking of letting [Dwayne] Bravo continue as ODI captain or Test captain’ – whichever one it is – once it is in the interest of West Indies cricket, I would go along with it.
“Throughout my career, it was always West Indies cricket first. It’s been almost three years [I’ve been captain]. In any organization, people in positions have to be reviewed.”
Since he took over as captain, Sammy’s inclusion in the West Indies team has been questioned by many.
In 23 Tests, he has scored 791 runs (ave. 22.60) and captured 49 wickets (ave. 37.93), while his 51 One-Day Internationals have produced 635 runs (ave. 19.24) and 40 wickets (ave. 41.40). In 21 Twenty20 Internationals, Sammy has scored 118 runs (ave. 9.83) and taken 12 wickets (ave. 34.00).
As captain, the highlight of his tenure was West Indies winning the ICC World Twenty20 last September and he is looking to build on that success after a clean sweep of limited-overs matches against Zimbabwe.
Among the tournaments he is eying is the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.
“We have a pretty packed schedule. These are exciting times for us as cricketers. We in the Caribbean don’t get enough cricket,” he said.
“The last three ODIs against Zimbabwe were the last we’re going to play before the Champions Trophy. That’s a tournament we are looking forward to. We’ve not done as well as we want to in ODI cricket.  Once we play to our full potential, we can get very far.
“The tri-series against India and Sri Lanka is also very important. The big thing for players this year is the launching of the Caribbean Premier League. It’s an opportunity for us.” (HG)

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