West Indies Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy is backing his team to win this year’s International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World T20 Tournament to be played in India from March 8 to April 3.
Speaking ahead of the tournament Sammy noted, “Whenever I’m called on to represent the West Indies it’s a great feeling… West Indies cricket is my passion. We were ranked No 1 and we want to move back to the top. We’re ready to win it again for the Caribbean people.”
“The upcoming ICC World T20 championship will be a “massive’ event, and could be one of the biggest cricket tournaments we will ever see. All the world’s best players in this formation will be participating and this promises to be something special. With the matches being players in India and that adds to the appeal,” he told reporters in Australia recently during the Big Bash League tournament.
West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super10 state where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and one of the qualifiers from the first round.
Sammy, 32, has made 60 appearances in T20 Internationals for the regional side. He previously led the West Indies in Tests and ODIs, including the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was played in Asia.
This is the third time he will captain the team to the ICC World T20 tournament. He was at the helm when the Windies beat Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium to win the Championship in 2012 and returned as captain in 2014, when they reach the semi-finals in Bangladesh.