CPL

Freed of captaincy Sammy focuses on helping Stars win again

By June 12, 2018
Sammy wants to help the Stars win again after winless season in 2017 Sammy wants to help the Stars win again after winless season in 2017

The loss of key players in 2017 saw the St. Lucia Stars end the season winless but former captain Darren Sammy expects the team’s fortunes to improve for the 2018 edition, especially since he will only be focusing on his game having been relieved of the captaincy.

The St Lucia Stars will be captained by Kieron Pollard freeing up the hometown hero to help his team in other ways.

“Well, to be honest, this year I’ve taken a backseat in the planning. Obviously, things didn’t go well for us last year and I won’t be the captain of the franchise,” Sammy said.

“I’m staying away from all this decision making. I will focus my energy in performing on the field obviously helping the captain and trying to win games for St. Lucia, especially when we are at home playing in the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.”

Sammy said 2017 was not a memorable one for the Stars. Their only points came from an abandoned game at Warner Park in St Kitts, prompting the owners to overhaul the roster. Sammy is only one of five players returning to the squad.

“I think we just never gelled as a team out there. To start off, we missed a few key players, Lasith Malinga pulled out, David Miller pulled out, Shane Watson was injured the first three games of the tournament. We just never came out of the blocks. The race was finished, and we still didn’t get out of the blocks,” said Sammy.

"I always say cricket has always been a team sport, but you need individual performances. We didn’t get that. We probably could bring in some changes to the franchise to make it better. So, I’m actually looking forward to this season and see what it brings.”

Leighton Levy

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