Darren Sammy sacked as captain of St Lucia Stars, Australian Shane…

first_imgDarren Sammy has been sacked as captain by the St Lucia Stars after a run of six matches without a victory in the Hero 2017 Caribbean Premier League.Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder, has been given the leadership role and will be assisted by his new deputy Marlon Samuels.Remains an integral part of teamA press release from the Stars said Sammy remained an integral part of the team. Barring the results, Sammy has had a good tournament, scoring a valiant fifty against the Barbados Tridents, at the end of which the opposition captain Kieron Pollard joked he was thankful for the rain stopping Sammy before he could do further damage.They were then upstaged in the final over by Guyana Amazon Warriors – Sammy nearly defended seven runs – and most recently lost to Jamaica Tallawahs after bossing the majority the match.Fresh thinkingTo “incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018,” the Stars management said it has decided to end Sammy’s stint at the helm after 40 matches across five seasons.“If it were not for Daren, St Lucian cricket would not have the standing it does in world cricket and his ability to lead both on and off the field remains unquestioned,” owner Jay Pandya said. “However, after the results that we have seen over the first half of the 2017 Hero CPL, a change is needed to freshen things up as we look to win the remaining four fixtures this season.”Watson has excellent credentials in T20 cricket, with 5,691 runs and 194 wickets and has led teams in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League.last_img read more