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Sammy: Skipper better pray

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TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has advised current captain Jason Holder to get down on his knees and pray as the going gets tough in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

Sammy told the Express that he can only imagine how Holder feels after a rough baptism as captain of a team who have lost five of their last six ODIs, with the most recent being a deflating defeat by six wickets to Ireland in the first round of the World Cup competition.

“I would say to Jason: stay strong, pray to the man above because He controls all things,” said Sammy after the West Indies went down by four wickets at the Saxton Oval on Monday.

“If you are feeling down He (the Almighty) can turn it around because He controls all things. What I can do is reassure Jason that he has my support and the entire team wants to see him do well. But we will be on a plane back to the Caribbean if we continue like this.”

The 23-year-old Holder, the youngest captain at the ICC Cricket World Cup, accepted the position to lead the team at a turbulent time which followed the West Indies’ abandoned tour of India last October. Sammy doesn’t believe it was the right thing for Holder to do.

“He didn’t ask to be put in that situation and I will try my best to help him along because captaining West Indies is very tough. Luckily for me I had the support of a good family when it was my time to endure hardship.”

On Monday, West Indies bowlers delivered a barrage of short-pitch bowling and half volleys with Paul Sterling, Ed Joyce and Nail O’Brien contributing half centuries to see Ireland to their victory with 25 balls to spare.

It spoilt a perfect day for Lendl Simmons whose polished century and record-equaling sixth-wicket stand with Sammy accounted for little in the end. It was also a landmark day for Sammy, whose innings of 89 was his highest ODI score.

Holder had a torrid day at the office, dropping a catch, starting the innings with five wides and generally struggling to rally his bowlers whose line and lengths were horrible.

“We are just not sticking to our game plan. We are not putting balls to create pressure and are just being on the losing side,” Sammy continued to lament.

He did not rule out winning the next match against Pakistan, who lost their first match to India, but it seems that it will take more than a prayer for the West Indies to pull themselves together.

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  1. Psalm 23 for west Indies, Why not....i am a West Indian supporter too..Let's go Guys, we have what it takes to be World Champs again......from Africa to the West Indies......we survive, we strong, we determine,no stumbling blocks.......

  2. I think this whole board needs to be reviewed and get rid of the fools that are making a mockery out of WI cricket. There are many other persons who deserved the captaincy of the team in place of holder, he is obviously not ready for such a role especially since he's not performing to the requirements. Are u guys trying to force feed him responsibilities just so that someone else doesn't get the role or are u trying to have him make a mockery of himself in the eyes of the whole world. Hmmmmm something fishy going on....... what are yall getting at?!?!

  3. help him sammy that cricket board is a set of ass hole they wicked, because sammy should be captain but they want to give it to someone from the big island.

  4. I will not allow my patriotism to over-shadow my love for WI. A lot of Saint Lucians are happy to see west indies suffer, since Sammy is no longer the ODI captain. I feel sorry for Jason Holder. I BLAME WICB for their poor management of this team. As much as I think Jason Holder has the potential to be a good captain, the timeing of his appointment (Just before a WORLD CUP) is questionable. Poor guy just 23 Years, and he as to Gel a WI team in this time. Still got hope though

  5. West Indies is done and dusted.The glory days are over.The current players have to love and passion for the game! $$$$ is all they see!

  6. Sam, just play your role and hope the rest do the same. I blame IPL for our downfall. The main focus is the big bucks. Some put IPL before WI. and by so doing have lost focus.

  7. Can someone tell me if Capt Holder was at the Post Match Interview,only hear about Sammy's comments.As Capt u need 2 face the music even when lose

  8. Sammy,great job with the bat. It hurt 2 c u end up on the wrong side.Disappointed u did not get your well deserved maiden 1 day century. Considering how often u always come into bat down the order where quick runs are required. Your learning curve continues and I wish u unfolding success with bat & ball. Do what is required and work on improving your allrounder skills. U have champion qualities !
    Poor decision by the Selectors to hand young Holder the captaincy,concentrating on his bowling would of been better.
    Let us hope 4 the best,beating Pakistan is not going 2 b easy,even more so the WI inability to rotate the strike frequently,going 4 boundaries can bring a loss of to many wickets. Plus we know their inability to tackle spin is not a secret.


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