Sammy sacked!

GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Darren Sammy has been sacked as captain of St Lucia Stars, paying the price for the franchise’s woeful start to the Caribbean Premier League.

Stars have lost their first six matches of the campaign to be bottom of the six-team table with virtually no chance of making the playoffs.

Sammy, who has led the St Lucia franchise from its inception, has been replaced by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.

“After six successive defeats in the 2017 season, the time is right to make a switch in leadership and incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018,” a franchise statement said yesterday.

“The Stars management would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren Sammy for his contribution as captain this season and throughout the last four editions of Hero CPL.”

Stars lost the curtain-raiser to current leaders Trinbago Knight Riders by nine wickets here before also going down to TKR in the return game in Port of Spain.

They then shockingly lost their remaining four home games at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, showing little of the form that took them to the playoffs last year.

Sammy’s form has been patchy, scoring 123 runs from six innings with a highest of 60 not out but the franchise confirmed he would remain a member of the setup.

“Darren is a St. Lucian icon and has been a fantastic servant of both St. Lucian and West Indian cricket,” the statement continued.

“The Stars management would like to stress that Darren remains an important part of the St. Lucia Stars squad and his performances with both bat and ball will be vital for the rest of the 2017 tournament and in the future.”

Indian-American businessman Jay Pandya, who purchased the franchise ahead of the new season, said while Sammy was key member of the unit there was need for change in leadership following the poor run of form.

“If it were not for Darren, St. Lucian cricket would not have the standing it does in world cricket and his ability to lead both on and off the field remains unquestioned,” Pandya said.

“However, after the results that we have seen over the first half of the 2017 Hero CPL, a change is needed to freshen things up as we look to win the remaining four fixtures this season.”

Stars take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Warner Park in their next match tomorrow.

Source: (CMC)

8 Responses to Sammy sacked!

  1. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles August 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Yea because it’s Sammy’s fault no one on the team played well

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    • harry turnover August 19, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Of course it is Sammy’s fault BECAUSE it the team was doing well it would have been because of him too whether he had contributed or not.
      Previously Sammy had NOT contributed but still received ALL the accolades…. examples…. the two World Cups the WI won.
      If he was that good a captain as some people tell themselves,the STARS would not have been in the cellar position without a win in this years CPL
      Now lets see how he performs as a player if ” injury” doesn’t step in.

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  2. Wendy Knight
    Wendy Knight August 18, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Is that Darren?

    Reply
    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight August 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Yeah, now looking at the head line. Thought that was the one with the diesel

      Reply
  3. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce August 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    DEAD HORSE

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  4. harry turnover August 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

    The picture says it all.All Sammy does on a cricket field is to hold up play almost every ball by waving his hands to and fro sending players here there and everywhere and contributing very little to the teams success and only preparing to hog the show when the situation arises.
    Sammy as I have said previously is only good at holding trophies aloft after others have done the hard work and waving his hands on a cricket field.

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    • VoR August 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Sammy according to you was only good at holding trophies but now that he is gone from the West indies team they are “world beaters” again.

      A captain is only as good as the team he is given to work with.

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      • harry turnover August 21, 2017 at 7:43 am

        The WI were getting beat BEFORE Sammy ,WITH Sammy and will continue after Sammy.The point is that Sammy used to rely on others for FAME.
        A TEAM or a few players make a captain …ask Samuels or Carlos ,not the other way around… everybody knows that.
        Sammy was NOT made captain due to his PRIOR performances on the field.
        Sammy didn’t retain his place as WI captain due to his performances on the field and the WI weren’t world beaters due to his performances
        Why was Sammy dropped from the Stars as captain ? ask yourself that question ?

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