Newly appointed Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite believes that St. Lucia’s Daren Sammy has made his work easy for him. Brathwaite said in an interview that all he needs to do as captain is to perform “firstly as a player and then a captain, [and] continue to mould the team that Darren has started to mould, efficiently.”
During the protest held at the newly named Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds, Sammy urged St. Lucians to continue to support the players. As a man truly in love with the regional game, Sammy, in the classiest way reached out to the new captain and offered support. Brathwaite went on to explain: “He just told me, ‘Congratulations’. He heard it before I spoke to him, and he just said, ‘Congratulations, it’s a big challenge’. He gave me his blessing and as a senior guy appreciated it, which allowed me to ease into the role.”
Sammy who led the West Indies to the very top of international T20 cricket, was sacked as captain of the regional team and further cut from the team, after taking St. Lucia Zouks for the first time to the tournament knockout round. Sammy’s performance before he was selected to captain West Indies to the last world cup was actually worse than his performance before he was sacked.
Yet in a display of true St. Lucian class the humble boy from Dugard Micoud still hopes that his compatriots destroy India in the up-coming T20 internationals scheduled to bowl off on Saturday morning. But, don’t be deceived. The vast majority of Sammy enthusiasts aren’t as forgiving as Sammy. For the most part, many St. Lucian supporters who have stopped me on the streets are hoping Carlos Brathwaite falls flat on his face. And though Sammy has repeatedly said that Carlos is not to be blamed, many St. Lucians seem to hope that the WICB sees that winning requires an individual that can not only hit sixes, but requires one who can ignore self interest in the hope of achieving global success!