The star all-rounder Darren Sammy has expressed his fear for the future of Windies cricket. The two-time World T20-winning skipper said he is scared of relegation and the prospect of playing against the likes of Ireland and Scotland.
Windies have already missed out on a major ICC event – the recently-concluded Champions Trophy – owing to their lowly standing in the ODI rankings (9th). Having drawn the series against Afghanistan 1-1, their task of making a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup has gotten complicated as they need to find favourable results against India in the forthcoming series before the cut-off date of September 30 for the World Cup qualification.
“If you really have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to tournaments,” Sammy stated ahead of their upcoming series against India starting from June 23.
“The way we structure our cricket, we’re not going anywhere,” Sammy told BBC Radio Five Live on Monday (June 19). “I’m very scared we will be relegated to be playing against Ireland and Scotland. It’s very sad for us. I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them financially stable to look after their family.”
He further added, “With the current administration I don’t see that [return of big names] happening.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com