Sammy aims to help Stars sparkle

13 June 2018 08:38:39 EST

Darren Sammy has promised to channel all his energy into making St Lucia Stars more competitive in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League after losing the captaincy during a winless 2017.

Sammy is one of only five Stars that remain following their fallow campaign which saw them pick up a single point for an abandoned game.

"We just never gelled as a team out there. To start off, we missed a few key players - Lasith Malinga pulled out, David Miller pulled out, Shane Watson was injured the first three games of the tournament," Sammy said.

"We just never came out of the blocks. The race was finished, and we still didn't get out of the blocks.

"I always say cricket is a team sport, but you need individual performances. We didn't get that. So, I'm actually looking forward for this season and see what it brings.

"This year I've taken a backseat in the planning. I'm staying away from all this decision-making. I will focus my energy in performing on the field obviously helping the captain and trying to win games for St. Lucia, especially when we are at home playing in the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground."

Having won two World Twenty20 titles with West Indies, Sammy is one of the most experienced and successful short-form cricketers on the international scene.

Kieron Pollard has arrived from Barbados to take over as captain, while Andre Fletcher, Rahkeem Cornwall and Mitchell McClenaghan are amongst the few that remain from 2017.

West Indies are 9/1 to win the 2020 World Twenty20, with South Africa 6/1 and England 5/1.

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