That’s according to reports emanating from Trinidad and Tobago, ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20. The tournament will be played in India in mid March, and the Guardian newspaper is claiming that the 32-year-old Saint Lucian allrounder will lead the regional team to a third consecutive edition of this showpiece event.
According to the report, the Clive Lloyd led selectors “are happy to keep Sammy for the premier tournament.” The West Indies moved up to the number one ranking in this format of the game earlier in January, despite languishing near the bottom of the table in Tests and one day internationals. That’s definitely in Sammy’s favour, given that he has been in charge of the T20 team for over five years, during which time he helped win the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.
From his 60 T20 internationals, Sammy has made 526 runs at an average of 16.96, developing a reputation as an explosive lower-order batsman. He averages 19.10 in T20’s, including club matches, and a strike rate well in excess of a run a ball. As a bowler, never express pace, Sammy has taken 43 wickets in 55 international innings, with an economy rate of 7.21 runs per over, and an average of 24.11 runs allowed per wicket. He also has 28 catches.
Sammy retired from Test cricket in May 2014, and has been an irregular member of the ODI team the past two years. Like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell, he is among the most sought-after players in the shortest version of the game, playing in T20 leagues in England, India, Australia, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, and South Africa. Along with Test and ODI captain Jason Holder, and former captain Denesh Ramdin, that group should form the core of the World T20 squad.
The West Indies Cricket Board is supposedly awaiting clearance for ace spinner Sunil Narine to join the team, following a recent ban. Narine has become a huge star in India since he started playing in the Indian Premier League in 2012.
West Indies are set to take on England in Mumbai in their World T20 opener. Also in their group are Sri Lanka, South Africa, and a qualifier from the Associate Nations.