After staying at the top of world cricket for more than 25 years, the transition of West Indies cricket did not happen as they would have liked. Some blame it on the Cricket Board, while others criticize players for not being consistent and for being too reckless in their playing styles. As a result, West Indies could only manage a Champions Trophy win in the entire first decade of the new era.
In 2004, Darren Sammy became the first player from the island of St. Lucia to play international cricket. The all-rounder took over the captaincy of the West Indies Cricket Team in 2010 and turned West Indies into one of the most dangerous opposition in T20 cricket. He became one of the most successful West Indian captain in recent times, winning the T20 World Cup twice in 2012 and 2016, also the only captain to reach this feat in international cricket.
He played a splendid role in keeping the players united amidst their ongoing differences with the Cricket Board. As a player, he had a reputation of bowling long, disciplined spells, and finish the innings well utilising his capability of hitting some huge shots with that threatening backlift.
Other than international cricket, Darren Sammy also played in some of the top cricket leagues in the world. Infact, he received Nishan-e-Pakistan (Pakistan’s highest honour) and honorary Pakistani citizenship for his “invaluable contribution to cricket in Pakistan” where he led Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League.
This story is also important as Sammy recently highlighted the issue of racism in cricket and talked about such incidents which happened with him during IPL. While the entire world is standing for the rights of the Black community, we believe that a proactive approach on the part of the Cricket Boards as well as cricket fans is the need of the hour to eliminate racial discrimination from cricket.
Darren Sammy captained the St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) and proudly displayed the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan on the back of his franchise jersey during the CPL match against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
On several occasions, Sammy has proven that he’s a man of integrity and solid principles. For that very reason, we have to take his allegations of racial abuse at face value. It is obvious that he spoke out about what he has endured not because he holds a grudge against anyone, but because it has hurt him deeply.