Sammy: ‘I am still available for selection’

Interview conducted by: Bimal Mirwani

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has insisted that he is “still available for selection”.

Sammy has not played international cricket since the West Indies beat England in an epic showdown to win the World Twenty20 for the second time last year.

However, while he still has a desire to represent the West Indies, Sammy made it clear that he won’t “cry over” not being selected.

“It is sad that my last international was the World T20 final,” Sammy, who recently participated in the second edition of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, told PTI. “I am still available for selection in limited overs cricket, but I am not going to cry over non-selection.

“I am still out there playing in the different leagues around the world, if selected I am available. But I am not crying over spilt milk.”

Following the West Indies’ triumph at the World Twenty20 in India, Sammy launched a scathing outburst against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Not long after, he was stripped of the Twenty20 captaincy, which was given to Carlos Brathwaite, who struck four consecutive sixes in the last over of the final to lead the West Indies to an incredible come-from-behind win.

When asked about his remarks towards the WICB, Sammy made it clear that he doesn’t regret anything he said.

“What I said on the podium after winning the final, I said it from my heart,” he added. “I said what I had to. I expected things to happen. But I don’t lose sleep over it anymore.

“God has blessed me tremendously. He is my selector. So I am not worried about what is going to happen. I still do care about West Indies cricket, but if I am not selected, I am not going to sulk over it.”

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