St Lucia Zouks captain Daren Sammy says that while his team doesn’t have the ‘superstars’ os some other teams in the 2020 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), his team is dangerous.

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy is most well known for bringing the regional side two World T20 titles, but the big-hitting all-rounder has a number of other accolades people don’t remember.

Towards the end of Sammy’s white-ball career, with his appearances on the Test stage long at an end, he was no longer an effective bowler and had been reduced to the odd pinch-hitting role.

But before that, Sammy had earned his spot in the West Indies line-up and achieved some remarkable moments with the ball.

In 2010, Zimbabwe had come to the West Indies to face an under-strengthed side, winning the only T20 the team the teams played against each other.

But during that loss, Daren Sammy became the first West Indian to enjoy a five-wicket haul in the format.

Choosing to bat, Zimbabwe got off to the worst start imaginable after Sulieman Benn removed opener V Sibanda and number-three batsman, Tatenda Taibu, S Matskikenyeri, and Brendan Taylor all without scoring. Benn’s 4-6 from his four overs was a remarkable achievement but there was more work to be done.

That work was taken up Sammy, who had the other opener, H Masakadza caught behind for 44. He also got rid of the resistance from G Lamb, for 11, E Chigumbura for 34 as well as S Masakadza and P Utseya without scoring.

Sammy would end with figures of 5-26, his best ever in the format. Sunil Narine, arguably the best T20 bowler the West Indies has ever produced, has never taken a 5-fer at international level.

The West Indies would go on to bat atrociously to lose a game where they only needed 106 by 26 runs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (20), Denesh Ramdin (23), and Dwayne Smith (12), the only batsmen to score double figures.

While the result was a disaster for the West Indies, it did point to Sammy’s importance to the team in the shortest format of the game, a format the side were just learning.

Just two years later, with Sammy at the helm, the West Indies would top the world, before doing it again in 2016.

Teams in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League have voiced annoyance with a decision that seems to have given a slight advantage to the Trinbago Knight Riders ahead of the competition’s start on August 18.

The grievance appears to have been caused because local players from the TKR did not join the bio-secure bubble at the Hylton Hotel, continuing to train.

The first teams allowed to train were announced on Tuesday with the St Lucia Zouks and the Knight Riders getting the go ahead. According to a release from the CPL, local players had gone through the mandatory testing process and would this week enter the bubble.

“Everyone should have been part of the bubble from the first day to “guarantee” that the health and safety of all stakeholders is not “compromised”, read a social media post from Zouks skipper Daren Sammy.

"How can everybody else be in a bubble no access to training or practice games while others on the outside in a COVID infected area be training and playing practice games. Then allowed to join the bubble without self-isolation," read another from the Zouks skipper.

According to reports, defending champions, Barbados Tridents have also not taken kindly to the difference being shown to the local TKR players and asked why it was that all players from the franchise were not asked to enter the bubble and undergo the mandatory weeklong quarantine everybody else did.

But according to Michael Hall, operations director of the CPL, it was necessary to take precautions to ensure local players entering the bubble were not a threat to the environment’s bio-security.

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has a very tangible effect on the teams he plays on. Outside of the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the team Sammy plays on, wins.

This is no accident either. Sammy has the ability to fill his teammates with self-belief and help drive them to a consistency of performance that generally results in trophies.

To add to that ability, which made him the first West Indies captain to claim two World titles since Clive Lloyd won a second World Cup in 1979.

Outside of his ability to motivate and good acumen as a captain, Sammy is also a fearsome striker of the ball and a very steady seam bowler.

Asa bowler there is not a lot of variation to Sammy’s bowling, the medium-pacer coming up at a time when a consistent line and length were the order of the day. That may speak to why his bowling in the T20 arena tailed off toward the latter part of his career.

Today, Sammy plays sparingly and when he does, he doesn’t bowl but is still good enough for dangerous cameos with the bat.

 

Career Statistics (2007-present)

Full name: Daren Julius Garvey Sammy

Born: December 20, 1983 (36), Micoud, St Lucia

Major teams: West Indies, Brampton Wolves, Glamorgan, Hobart Hurricanes, Kings XI Punjab, Northern Windward Islands, Nottinghamshire, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajshahi Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia, St Lucia Zouks, Stanford Superstars, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Toronto Nationals, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, Windward Islands, World-XI

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

T20I Career – West Indies (Batting)

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS    Ave      BF       SR       100  50     4s     6s    

68       52     18     587      42*   17.26    398    147.48    0      0      45     31  

T20 Career (Batting)

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF      SR       100    50      4s     6s    

308    259    74     3876      71*   20.95   2780   139.42     0      6      251    235   

 

T20I Career – West Indies (Bowling)

Mat   Inns   Balls   Runs     Wkts    BBI     BBM     Ave     Econ    SR     4w    5w    10w

68       59      916   1116        44      5/26    5/26     25.36    7.31    20.8     1       1       0

T20 Career (Bowling)

Mat   Inns   Balls     Runs    Wkts    BBI     BBM      Ave    Econ    SR     4w    5w    10w

308    217    3405      4498     159      5/26    5/26     28.28   7.92    21.4     2      1         0

 

 Career Highlights

  • 2x T20 World Cup-winning captain (2012 & 16)
  • Highest strike rate in T20 WC history (164.12)
  • 587 runs in 68 T20I matches at 17.26

Former South African top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw is the man expected to replace the hole in the St Lucia Zouks batting left by the absence of Chris Gayle.

Gayle, who had made the move from the Jamaica Tallawahs to the St Lucia Zouks, announced that, for personal reasons, he would be sitting out the Hero Caribbean Premier League.

The decision, meant the Daren Sammy-led unit, would be hard pressed to find another big hitter this season.

Roussouw’s signing could be just the Philip they are looking for.

The South African is a seasoned campaigner, having played 199 T20s throughout his career. He averages 29.72 and though he only has two centuries, he scored 27 half centuries in the format at a strike rate of 135.

Along with Rossouw, Sammy has Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, Chemar Holder, Mark Deyal, Leniko Boucher, Javelle Glen and Canadian, Saad Bin Zafar at his disposal.

The team has retained South African Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Rahkeem Cornwall, Obed McCoy, and Kavem Hodge.

They have also signed West Indies under-19 captain Kimani Melius, as well as Afghanistan left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad and South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje.

 

St Lucia Zouks: Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi, Daren Sammy, Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Anrich Nortje, Chemar Holder, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Noor Ahmad, Kimani Melius, Leniko Boucher, Kavem Hodge, Javelle Glen, and Saad Bin Zafar.

Former West Indies captain, Daren Sammy, is not being left out of the fight to stave off the spread and aid in the care of persons who have contracted COVID-19.

Sammy chose to help in a fairly unique way, recognizing that medical workers, on the job for long hours do not have the time to stock up on essentials the way other members of the society in St Lucia do.

With that in mind, the big-hitting all-rounder visited the Saint Jude Hospital in Vieux Fort, where he donated thousands of dollars worth of supplies to 23 medical workers.

“We can all do our part whether it is reaching out to an elderly person in your community or just saying thank you to the many healthcare professionals who are on the front-line,” said Sammy in a press release from his Daren Sammy Foundation.

Sammy also made a call for others to find ways of aiding in the fight against COVID-19, saying it was important to appreciate the hard work of the healthcare professionals in what are ‘extraordinary times’.

Many of the big-name West Indies T20 players, including Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, have been axed from their teams in the Pakistan Super League ahead of its February 2020 start during Saturday’s draft in Lahore.

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