to recover. They’re very focused . . . they mesh well together.” As for the management team and coaches, while their goal is always to get their players to do their very best, it’s also most important to them that everyone has fun doing what they do!
“We’re going to bring home the gold with smiles on our faces,” said the team director. “We don’t want to bring home the gold frowning, and exhausted. We want to bring home the gold with an energy that is contagious. We want to share in our triumphs. We think all the time about how Saint Lucians will feel when we come back with the gold. We want them to feel we’re all in it together. As a team. As a collective that also involves the people of this island.”
Led by Captain Daren Sammy, Pandya and the rest of the Stars team expect nothing short of greatness from players at this year’s CPL matches, scheduled to kick off here in Saint Lucia on August 4th. When asked, Pandya spoke briefly about Sammy’s absence from the West Indies side: “You have these moments when you’ll make a decision but with great difficulty. You want to do both but at the end of the day you have to go where your heart lies. I believe, and I can’t speak for Daren, I wasn’t there when he made the decision, but I truly believe it came from a very happy place in his heart; a very proud place. He’s incredibly patriotic. He loves Saint Lucia: the people, the culture, everything about Saint Lucia.”
Reflecting on how well the team and management had bonded in the space of a few months Pandya could only describe it as amazing. Already they’ve developed a synergy and chemistry that translated easily from initial What’s App group chats to face-to-face interactions.
“We all got to meet here, shake hands, smile, joke, laugh and really communicate,” he said. “It’s been great.”
He slammed a fist into an open palm: “We are absolutely coming back with the gold this year, and I can’t wait to celebrate on the road tour.”
As for this season’s promotions, Pandya promises the team will continue to focus on the core aspect of cricket, not for a minute forgetting, as he put it, “a solid entertainment line-up”. After all, in the Caribbean, cricket is more than just a sport; it is, by Pandya’s measure, “an experience”.
“When you go to cricket, the feeling you get is one of indescribable elation. You’re there for the sport, you’re there for fun, you’re there to share in the excitement and to bask in the national pride of the biggest sports team on the island. It’s about the experience; how you feel when you walk away. We want to make sure everyone walks away with a smile and heads held high where the stars reside.”
Performers already scheduled for the muchanticipated event include Barbadian soca performers Fadda Fox, Lil Rick and Edwin Yearwood, Saint Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous, Saint Lucia’s groovy and power soca kings Arthur and Ricky T, as well as Teddyson John, not forgetting the Dennery Segment with Subance, Mission Boys, and Black Boy! Players are currently on-island preparing for the matches. Fans can keep up with them by following @stluciastars on IG, Facebook and Twitter for performance updates, and other team news!
rector of PR, with his cousin Ronak Pandya arles, Daren Sammy, and Shane Watson.
did a pan band, which the local steel in Laborie with their tour. The Stars team performance during special
with young cricketers. Daren Sammy Team captain