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West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has admitted that he was gutted about the fact that he wasn’t given a central contract for the 2015/16 season.
However, Sammy was not the only big-name player to miss out on a central contract as Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine all suffered the same fate.
“It’s the first time in the last seven or eight years that I’ve not been given a retainer by the WICB,” Sammy said. “It’s quite disappointing, but cricket has not been about Darren Sammy, it’s for the West Indian people.
“I am disappointed that I never received a contract from the WICB, but it’s not my decision. I’ve played the two limited-overs formats for West Indies on a regular basis and performed the role I was asked. It’s very disappointing, particularly as I am the Twenty20 captain, but life goes on.”
Sammy has been an integral part of the West Indies’ ODI and Twenty20 squads over the past couple of years and even though he has appeared in an increasing number of domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world, the 32-year-old made it clear that he remains committed to representing the West Indies.
“I guess they (WICB) are more focused on Test cricket, which I’ve retired from, but I’m fully committed to the One-Day and Twenty20 format for West Indies if selected,” Sammy said. “Looking back, when I was growing up I only dreamed of playing for West Indies but now I can travel the world and play for so many different franchise teams.
“I’ve had some fantastic times playing for West Indies. I enjoy playing for West Indies and it is still my number one priority. I have never missed a chance to play for West Indies and have always put playing for my country first and I have always made myself available for selection.”