After helping to end the feud between the West Indies cricketers and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), former skipper Darren Sammy is keen to see resumption of ties with India soon.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to cut all bilateral ties with the WICB after the Caribbean cricketers pulled out mid-way of the India tour due to contract issues with their board.
It resulted in the BCCI suffering huge losses. The Indian board claimed Rs 250 crore in damages and decided to take legal action as well. The WICB in its reply have apologised to the BCCI and stated that they are bankrupt, but the Indian board does not seem to be in any mood to relent.
Sammy has batted for resumption of ties with India. "Most definitely, they should happen. We always had a very good relationship with India not just between the two Boards, but also as players.
West Indies players feature a lot in the India Premier League. We have a good rapport with all Indian players and the fans in India. It's best to get back into a working relationship with them," Sammy told mid-day yesterday.
Sammy, however, termed the pull-out as the most unfortunate part of his career. "It was really unfortunate what happened in India. But you got to move forward. The focus should always be on cricket. No matter what, on-field action should never suffer. Fans should not be robbed of any cricket.
"It (ending of players and WICB crisis) is a step in the right direction. We have to get back to together as a team and play against different opposition. It is not an issue that anybody should be proud of," said Sammy.
For now, Sammy is focused on his preparations for the World Cup which is less than 100 days away. He is currently part of the Titans in the Ram Slam T20, a domestic competition in South Africa. The West Indies are scheduled to play the Proteas in three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is next month.
World Cup's underdogs
Sammy, who prefers to call the West Indies underdogs for the World Cup, is confident of a good showing by his team.
"We have impact players. If we play to our potential, we have a good chance of winning the World Cup," Sammy signed off.
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