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A protest is being organised by a group of Saint Lucian men and women in light of the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) decision to drop Saint Lucia-born Darren Sammy as captain of the regional team.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that persons are seeking out avid cricket fans to join them in the protest scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at the stadium named in his honour.
“Saint Lucians are asked to come and show support to the former West Indies Cricket team captain, Darren Sammy, who was slacked off from the team as captain and replaced by Carlos Brathwaite, ” a statement being circulated on social media said.
The protest, according to that statement, starts at 10.a.m. and will most likely coincide with scheduled third test match between West Indies and India.
Although ticket prices have been reduced, many Saint Lucians have also expressed a willingness to boycott the games, following the announcement that Sammy’s firing.
“Calling all St. Lucian’s to boycott the games coming up next week. We not interested, that’s why Reds and the others have been crying on the media, asking persons to attend the games in large numbers. Some St. Lucian’s “Sousea” they will flood the Stadium but not me. This is the first cricket game I’m not attending since international Cricket started in St. Lucia. I will not miss this game!! When I am not going my friends are not coming as well, as of Friday 5th, 4:00pm (43) of us have decided not to attend the games and the rest of the crew will follow the leader!!, “Clare Emmanuel said in a Facebook post.
Sammy, an all-rounder cricketer, has been one of the most successful leaders of the West Indies cricket team in all three formats of the game.
He was previously relieved of duty as captain of the Test and one-day international teams over the past two years, but in 2012 and 2016, he led the Caribbean outfit to glory in the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Championships, the only captain to lift that trophy twice.