‘Darren’s mouth cost him captaincy’
Former West Indies pace bowler Andy Roberts believes Darren Sammy’s comments after the regional side won the T20 World Cup in India on April 3 cost him his job as captain of the two-time world champions.
Last week, Sammy posted on Facebook that he was informed by chairman of selectors Courtney Browne that he was being sacked as captain and based on his performance he would also be dropped from the team selected to play India in two T20 Internationals in Florida at the end of August.
Roberts, a consistent critic of the West Indies Cricket Board, said Sammy’s performance in the recently concluded Hero CPL should have earned him a spot on the team but his words from April have come back to haunt him.
“This is Sammy’s best year in the CPL and you can see, this year, he was inspired by what transpired in the World T20,” said Roberts. “I think his comments afterwards were more of a motivation for him to do well so that in the event they wanted to axe him, they would do it on the fact that it has nothing to do with cricket.”
Roberts also believes Sammy’s replacement Carlos Braithwaite will be damaged by the captaincy, arguing that the pressures of captaincy will impact him negatively.
“I don’t know if it’s a choice; they can’t give it to Sammy because they axed Sammy. They can’t give it to [Keiron] Pollard whom I think should be the T20 captain because, to me, he is the best captain around the region right now and they wouldn’t give it to [Dwayne] Bravo either or give it back to Chris Gayle. So, who are they going to give it to?”