‘I’d love to spill my guts out and say what I have to say’, admits Darren Sammy

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“He’s quite sad and disappointed about the results but that’s life and sometimes you get curve balls thrown at you”

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has revealed that he would “love to spill my guts out and say what I have to say” after spinner Shane Shillingford was banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having an illegal action.

Sammy revealed that Shillingford was “sad and disappointed about the results” and also about being forced to miss the third and final Test match against New Zealand in Hamilton.

“I’d love to spill my guts out and say what I have to say,” Sammy said. “No matter what the situation there is a procedure in which things are done. I’ve always been one whose stuck by the rules. I don’t want find myself in any compromising situation.

“I would have loved to say a lot of things but I’ve always been a diplomatic guy so won’t take part in that. We all have our personal opinions. Some have voiced it and we’ll just put all our energy into this Test.

“The board and coach and director of cricket at home are going to handle it and I’m backing them to handle it in the best possible way for us as a team and especially for Shilly and Marlon.”

Shillingford and Sammy both represent the Windward Islands in their country’s domestic competition and the West Indian captain admitted that it hurt to see Shillingford suffer and be banned from doing what he loved to do most.

“Shilly is a very close friend of mine and he’s quite sad and disappointed about the results but that’s life and sometimes you get curve balls thrown at you,” Sammy said. “You have to face it and come back stronger. It’s a tough pill to swallow. We all support Shilly as a team. He’s been through that before and hopefully his mental toughness will carry him through.

“When your backs are really against the wall is when you can reach the highest point. That’s what we face in this Test. We will go out and fight for one of our team-mates, come out strong and hit back at New Zealand.”

While Shillingford is still with the West Indies team in New Zealand, Sammy revealed that the off-spinner is likely to return home in time for Christmas so that he can start working on and correcting his bowling action.

“I guess he wants to be home with his closer loved ones at that time,” Sammy said. “I would also suggest that he goes home and spends some time with his fiancée or his mum or his parent, where he will feel an even stronger bond and love and where he can move on.”

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