The only two times Darren Sammy played Tests against Bangladesh were during the 2-0 defeat in 2009. But earlier this year, he was at the helm when the Tigers were shot out for 58 runs…

“It’s never about revenge. It’s about making full use of the opportunity. We have a young side and we’re looking to play good, competitive cricket. Hopefully we’ll be victorious at the end,” said the ever-smiling Sammy who took three wickets on that fateful March day.

“The last time we played, we got the better of them. We’ll try to repeat such a performance, but you can’t bowl out teams under hundred every game. They [Bangladesh] are a good side at home, they won quite comfortably against New Zealand last year,” he added…

“We never took them for granted and we won’t do it here. We want to focus on us and on what we could do. They say that you’re as good as you’re last performance. Hopefully it’ll play very much on their mind.

“The last time we played in Test matches, we were defeated at home. It is a great opportunity for us to do the same here. Bangladesh plays very well at home so I expect it to be a very competitive series,” he said during the team’s official press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur…

Sammy and coach Ottis Gibson had to fend off several questions related to the ignored ex-captain but when asked about the importance of senior cricketers, the former fast bowler said, “We are building a team and of course we need senior players that are committed, to mix with the youngsters. Some of them have taken the opportunity and done very well for us. As we are looking at the future, we will build a team around the younger guys.”

“Do we need our senior players? I think we need everybody who are committed to us,” he added.


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