Sir Viv Richards comes out in support of Darren Sammy
Last Sunday, after winning the World T20 title for the second time, Darren Sammy had publicly lashed out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the post-match ceremony. The skipper said that the team felt ‘disrespected’ by the Board’s attitude and was unhappy with the lack of support from the cricket board.
The interview made headlines the next day and many across the globe came out in support of the WI captain. Now, West Indies cricketing legend, Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (Viv Richards), has also come out in support of Sammy.
In an interview with the Uganda-based newspaper ‘Observer’ Richards said, “I don’t think Sammy would be a liar. I think Sammy is as honest as they come so it is going to be quite interesting, going forward, to see and to hear exactly what comes from the board.”.
He further added, “Sammy did what he had to do. It was on his mind and you could see what he said meant a lot; it came from the heart. In my mind, it looked like something planned.”
“Anyone who knows Darren Sammy knows that he is an individual and how he would have led the West Indies cricket from his very start as captain, and sees how committed he is. So I am pleased, in a big way, that he was able to get it off his chest.”
The former West Indies skipper concluded by saying that he feels the board needs harness the team’s achievements and respond in a positive way to boost the player’s morale.