Former captain Darren Sammy has spoken out against the ongoing row between players and management that continues to disrupt cricket in the West Indies.
Sammy, who was cut from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) list of contracted players in January, spoke to ESPN Cricinfo during a Kwik Cricket Festival in Hampshire ahead of this seasons Natwest T20 blast.
Sammy believes the West Indies successes in the men’s and women’s World T20 as well as the Under -19 World Cup, highlight what is possible in West Indies cricket.
“These three wins show we can win cricket at all levels, and if we could work together, that's all you need. Players and board working together, sharing a common goal, with no egos. It would be better for West Indies cricket but at the moment it's just not happening," he said.
Sammy has issued a call to put politics aside and nurture West Indian Cricket. The recent row on social media regarding the controversial selection of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine has put the spotlight on the troubled West Indian set-up. Sammy has called on the administrators to take care of its cricketers.
"They always say sports and politics don't mix, which is true. But at the end you have to give credit to the most important thing, which is the cricket. And who plays the cricket? The cricketers. That is your product. If you plant corn, you have to take care of it, nurture it, fertilize it and then you can reap the rewards, so it is similar to the West Indies cricket team, he added.
Sammy has been left out of the squad that will take part in a triangular ODI series against South Africa and Australia in June and it is unclear when, or if, the former captain will return to international cricket.