Sammy snub for CWI pres­i­dent

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12th and it pushed him back a lot.

In­dian teenager Shapath Bhardawaj has now qual­i­fied for the pres­ti­gious ISSF World Cup Fi­nals for shoot­ing.Hav­ing become the coun­try’s youngest ath­lete to fig­ure in the gov­ern­ment’s Tar­get Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.

Mid­fielder Man­preet Singh will be lead­ing the 18-mem­ber In­dian men’s hockey team at the Hero Asia Cup sched­uled to be held in Dhaka from Oc­to­ber 11-22.

Af­ter giv­ing some top ju­nior play­ers some good ex­po­sure in the re­cent Europe Tour, Hockey In­dia named a squad with a blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Goal­keep­ers Akash Chikte and Su­raj Kark­era re­tain their spots in the squad, whereas de­fend­ers Har­man­preet Singh and Surender Ku­mar make a re­turn.

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 formed to col­lect their medals. 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. Be­fore guid­ing West Indies to a win in 2016, he had led them to their first ti­tle win in the 2012 edi­tion or­gan­ised in Sri Lanka. The 33-year-old was re­moved from cap­taincy in what he claimed was a ’30-se­cond phone call’ from the chair­man of se­lec­tors, who had in­formed him that he would not be a part of the West Indies team any­more.

“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 cricket field,” Sammy had ex­pressed af­ter be­ing dropped.

Mean­while, Sammy was also in news for fea­tur­ing with a Pak­istani

jour­nal­ist in a pho­to­graph that went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. Sur­pris­ingly, it was the PTV Sports an­chor name Fazeela Saba who hogged all the lime­light and not the crick­eter.

Nev­er­the­less, Sammy al­ready en­joys a lot of fan-fol­low­ing in Pak­istan due to his ex­ploits in the Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) for Pe­shawar Zalmi.

AP

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