Sammy snub for CWI pres­i­dent

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­

Pak­istan’s suc­cess­ful re­turn to host­ing in­ter­na­tional cricket was com­pleted when the na­tional team de­feated the ICC World XI to win the three-match Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries 2-1 on Fri­day. How­ever, the af­ter­math of the match has become a source of fresh con­tro­versy for one of the World XI play­ers.

Darren Sammy, for­mer West Indies cap­tain, walked away from the medal dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the match af­ter he spot­ted Dave Cameron, the pres­i­dent of Cricket West Indies (CWI), hand­ing out the medals.

Sammy snubbed the Caribbean cricket board’s of­fi­cial by walk­ing right out of the queue. His move sig­nalled that all is still not well be­tween the crick­eters in West Indies and their of­fi­cials, de­spite some re­cent steps en­sur­ing that the big names re­turn to the Caribbean side.

Sev­eral of West Indies’ play­ers in­clud­ing Sammy had been at the log­ger­heads with their cricket board. The mat­ter had touched an em­bar­rass­ing low af­ter Sammy lam­basted the then West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of­fi­cials dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony of the ICC World T20 2016 in In­dia.

Sammy is the only cap­tain in his­tory to have won the ICC World T20 twice. The 33-year-old was re­moved from cap­taincy in what he claimed was a ’30-se­cond phone call’ from the chair­man of se­lec­tors.

“Through­out my cap­taincy, win­ning the two T20 World Cups has been the high­light. And these mem­o­ries I will cher­ish for a long time. For now the cap­taincy has come to an end and thank you peo­ple. I just know I played with my heart and soul when­ever I stepped out on the Pitch,” Dar­ren­Sammy said.

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