Sammy bashes media in support of Smith
Former Windies skipper Darren Sammy has asked the media to leave the former Australian captain Steve Smith alone.
Smith, who along with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, was suspended for his role in the ball-tampering incident, is set to play alongside Sammy for Toronto Nationals against Vancouver Knights in the first game of Global T20 Canada on Friday. On the other hand, David Warner will be seen in action for the Winnipeg Hawks.
A photograph of Smith drinking beer in a New York pub had been highlighted across many newspapers on June 26. At a media conference, Sammy, who will captain the Toronto franchise, referred to the photo that had splashed across media outlets.
He said: “It’s truly up to you guys (the media). I saw an article, recently, about something in New York. That’s not called for. You’ve made your point. I think, as sportsmen, we want to do the right things, set the example for the next generation. We will make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean you’ve got to keep kicking a man when he’s down. That’s not the humane way to do things, and I think there’s a right to punish but there’s also a right to forgive and move on.”
Sammy also had some emotional words to tell to the media: “As a Christian, you commit sins, there are punishments for your sins. It doesn’t mean everything is okay, but there’s always forgiveness after you’ve committed your sins and paid the price, and you move on. Like we said, they’ve done that. They’ve missed out on IPL, they’ve been sacked and all that stuff, but at the end of the day life goes on.”
The duo of Smith and Warner was banned from all international and state cricket for a period of 12 months, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Warner and Smith also lost their IPL contracts due to the episode.