2016
08.13

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has written to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over what he described as its “shabby treatment” of cricketer Darren Sammy.

Sammy was removed recently as captain and player on the West Indies’ T-20 squad.

In the letter, the prime minister, who chairs the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket, also requested that an apology be offered to Sammy and overtures be made to carve a place for him in shaping the T-20 team.

“Noble deeds are now required by the leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board and Selectors to make manifest the possession of a redemptive grace,” the prime minister said in his letter.

“Mr Darren Sammy, the distinguished West Indian cricketer, has advised me that, in your capacity as chairman of the selectors of the West Indies cricket team, you peremptorily informed him in a 30 second telephone conversation that he was being removed as the captain of the West Indies T-20 team and that his recent performances did not merit him a place on the team for the upcoming T-20 matches against the touring Indian team,” said Gonsalves in the letter to chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne.

Gonsalves said he found “this shabby treatment of Mr Sammy to be unacceptable”.

“I am sure that all right-thinking persons are extremely dissatisfied at your unceremonious and summary dismissal of Mr Sammy as captain and player. You simply cannot treat a former captain of the West Indies test team and a successful captain of two successive World Cup T-20 Championships with such disdain! Further, your sacking of Mr Sammy, and the manner of his termination, on the eve of a Test Match in Mr Sammy’s country, St Lucia, to be played at the stadium which bears his name, display breathtaking insensitivity.

“Elemental respect and common decency demand that once the selectors had decided to remove Mr Sammy as captain and as player of the T-20 team, he ought to have been accorded the courtesy of a dignified face-to-face meeting with you, and his support enlisted for the transitioning to the new captain. Does the leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board or chairman of selectors have no sense of professionalism or any inkling of what is right or wrong in professional/industrial relations,” the prime minister wrote.

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