Windies not in a happy mood

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

LONDON (CMC): DIS­CARDED TWENTY20 cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy has sup­ported the view of two of his for­mer team­mates that the sack­ing of head coach Phil Sim­mons has neg­a­tively im­pacted West Indies’ per­for­mance in the on­go­ing series against Pak­istan.

Speak­ing here this week, the 32-year-old crit­i­cised the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) de­ci­sion, not­ing that such ac­tions had now be­come a trend, and said that he could tell the Caribbean side was not in a “happy mood” in the United Arab Emi­rates.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing but not sur­pris­ing,” the two-time T20 World Cup-win­ning skip­per was quoted as say­ing.

“It’s been a trend of how my for­mer em­ploy­ers op­er­ate. It was sad. They will say it did not have an ef­fect on the team, but from the pic­tures be­ing posted on so­cial me­dia, I could tell my team was not in a happy mood.”

Sim­mons was sacked even as the squad de­parted the Caribbean for the UAE last month, over what the WICB de­scribed as “dif­fer­ences in cul­ture and strate­gic ap­proach”. For­mer WI cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy (left) and past coach Phil Sim­mons.

West Indies sub­se­quently pro­duced a plethora of limp per­for­mances as they suf­fered 3-0 white­washes in both the T20 and the One-Day In­ter­na­tional series.

They have since also con­ceded the three-Test series where they trail 2-0, with one game re­main­ing

in Shar­jah start­ing to­mor­row.

Ear­lier this month, all­rounders Kieron Pol­lard and Dwayne Bravo, who con­tested the limited overs series, said the sack­ing of Sim­mons had de­mor­alised the play­ers and cre­ated chaos in the camp.

Sammy, who was also fired in Au­gust de­spite lead­ing the Windies to their sec­ond T20 World Cup last April, de­scribed the en­tire sit­u­a­tion as “a mess”.

“Ev­ery­thing in life hap­pens for a rea­son. I am still on a high. I refuse to let peo­ple dic­tate my mood,” he said.

JUST A MESS

“It is dis­ap­point­ing to win a World Cup and you’ve not played in­ter­na­tional cricket af­ter that. To re­move the win­ning World Cup coach [as well], it’s just a mess. I am not about fight­ing it any­more.”

While se­lec­tors said Sammy’s drop­ping was due to his lack of in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, it has been widely spec­u­lated that the St Lu­cian all-rounder paid the price for his crit­i­cism of the WICB just mo­ments fol­low­ing the Windies’ cap­ture of the T20 World Cup in In­dia.

How­ever, de­spite all that has tran­spired since, Sammy said he did not re­gret his de­ci­sion then to blast the board.

“Put me on that podium again and I will do it even bet­ter. I be­lieve a man has to speak his heart. It was just an ex­ten­sion of what my team went through flow­ing from me.

AP

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