Darren Sammy, the two-time World Twenty20 winning captain of the West Indies, is now in Dhaka playing in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League T20's fourth edition. He is also the skipper of Rajshahi Kings. Rajshahi have played well under his leadership and sealed their place in the playoffs. Be it with the bat or ball, Sammy has showed his brilliance for Rajshahi while his captaincy has also been impressive. He has stood tall on several occasions, rescuing his side from sure trouble.
caught up with the former Windies captain for an interview where he talked about his personal career and BPL 4 experience, including captaining the side to the last four. Here are the excerpts:
You are a two-time world cup winning captain. What is your captaincy motto?
I am quite relaxed as a captain. What I ask for is to play with passion. I want never-say-die attitude. My rule is simple - don’t give up no matter what happens. Make sure you give everything for the team. I do study the opposition. As a captain I want to make every single player feel that they are important in the team.
You have played in the Caribbean Premier League, the Big Bash and the Pakistan Super League. How do you rate BPL as a tournament?
BPL has been very exciting and competitive this year. I have enjoyed it and my team has enjoyed it. So I think all the other players have enjoyed it too. I think it’s a tournament that will grow from strength to strength and would see young talent of Bangladesh exposed.
What impact can the BPL have on young players?
Bangladesh have some good talents. In this tournament, quite a few local players have performed well. It’s good for Bangladesh cricket that youngsters can share the dressing room with players like Kumar Sangakkara or Chris Gayle and learn from them. You see a 17-year old (Afif Hossain) got the debut for Rajshahi and achieved best T20 figure. That’s the depth of Bangladesh cricket. That’s a good thing when you have good young players coming through from a tournament like the BPL.
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Rajshahi skipper Sammy has led from the front, be it with the bat, ball or his captaincy DHAKA TRIBUNE
Besides Afif, which other Rajshahi players have impressed you the most?
Sabbir [Rahman]. Mominul [Haque] is already established. He has an average of more than 40 in Test matches. Young [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz with the ball and also a very capable batsman. And through the different teams, there are young players coming through. It's up to Bangladesh to nurture those talents. After the BPL, make sure they will be looked after, from the under-19s to the club level. And from a tournament like this, that’s what you hope for.
How can young players benefit from a tournament like this?
The young players can learn from the senior guys or international players they meet in the dressing room. And for us, the overseas players, we want to leave an impact in this tournament. Yes, sometimes it's all about winning the cup, but more importantly, if you could have an impact in young players by passing the knowledge of the game, it will always be a good thing.
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Sammy has praised the Bangladesh fans, terming them friendly and passionate DHAKA TRIBUNE
What are the best things that you have witnessed about Bangladesh?
It’s the people here. They are very friendly. And the crowds are very passionate during the match.
Who is your favourite cricketer?
What is the biggest challenge of your career?
I think taking over the West Indies cricket captaincy was the biggest challenge so far in my career.