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‘I’ve not closed that door’: Darren Sammy eyes international return

The 36-year-old Darren Sammy last played for West Indies when he led them to the 2016 T20 World Cup win, beating England in the final. He did not play for the team again, after being removed from captaincy after that win.

By: PTI | Kingston | Updated: August 15, 2020 6:00:03 pm
ICC World Cup, ICC World T20, World T20, World T20 updates, World T20 news, World T20 scores, West Indies vs Australia, WI vs Aus, West Indies Australia, sports news, sports, cricket, CricketWest Indies captain Darren Sammy in action during World Cup T20 Warmup match against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2016. PTI Photo by Ashok Bhaumik(PTI3_13_2016_000166B)

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says he has still “not closed the door” on his international return and plans to make a comeback to the national team ahead of 2021 T20 World Cup in India with a good show in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The 36-year-old Sammy last played for West Indies when he led the team to the 2016 T20 World Cup win, beating England in the final at Eden Gardens.

Sammy said the long COVID-19 hiatus has given him enough time to introspect and reignited a desire to make a comeback.

“I have had a lot of soul searching and reflection in the past few months. Anybody who”s been at home in the lockdown all these months would not have done justice to themselves if they didn”t glean over things,” Sammy, who will lead St Lucia Zouks in CPL, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

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“I have not retired. I have not closed that door and if I take care of what I have to do for St. Lucia and get us to the playoffs along with my own very good performances that will certainly make selectors take notice of it,” the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain said.

In August 2016, Sammy was dropped as T20I captain and also didn”t find a place in the team. He was named in a World XI side to play three T20Is against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore

However, injuries and disagreements with the erstwhile Dave Cameron regime at West Indies Cricket Board also affected his chances of making a comeback to international cricket.

READ | Sammy sacked ‘in 30-second phone call’

Talking about the CPL, he said, “I”m actually just going into this tournament to do better for myself and St. Lucia. That is the focus this year and if I do well at that it will raise a few eyebrows as well for other things.”

The Caribbean Premier League will begin on August 18.

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