St Lucia is Darren Sammy’s country; it was proved again on Tuesday (August 9) as a bunch of fans held a protest outside the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium over his recent ouster as West Indies’ Twenty20 captain.
Sammy had recently revealed that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had informed him through a phone call that he would not captain the national T20I side. Soon after, Carlos Brathwaite was made the captain of the side, while Sammy did not even find a spot in the squad that is to play India in two T20Is in Florida.
There have been calls for a boycott of the Test match by several fans on social media, but a few stars like musician Mr. Vegas encouraged people to go to stadiums and show their support for Darren Sammy inside by holding up placards. While there were only a handful of fans inside the stadium on Day 1 of the third Test between India and West Indies, perhaps as many of them covered under a small canopy set up outside the gates. There were numerous signs showing support for the former West Indies captain.
The fans were reportedly not allowed into the stadium as the rules prevented them from carrying placards into the ground. There were a number of statements by the people that the protest was a peaceful one, but the Royal St Lucia Police Force kept a tight vigil on the proceedings, allowing people into the ground only following a strict screening.
Sammy himself paid a visit during the Lunch interval and urged the fans to ‘not get arrested’ and ‘go support the team’. The excitement, understandably, hit the roof as Sammy stepped out of the car, with the protesters chanting his name loudly, and fans rushing to take an autograph or get a picture with the local hero.Sammy’s father was part of the protest too, but walked away soon after his son made his appearance. Sammy said he was there to meet with the team and wish them good luck in their ongoing match against India.