Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has written to Chairman of West Indies Selection Committee, Barbadian Courtney Browne over what he described as Darren Sammy’s shabby and unacceptable treatment.
In a letter dated 10th August, Prime Minister Gonsalves claimed that all right thinking persons were extremely dissatisfied at the unceremonious and summary dismissal of Sammy as Captain and Player.
Dr. Gonsalves, who is the Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee in CARICOM said: “You simply cannot treat a former Captain of the West Indies Team and a successful Captain of two successive Twenty/20 World Cups with such disdain.”
He added, “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.”
Prime Minister Gonsalves questioned the manner in which Sammy was informed of his non-selection as Captain and Player, and suggested that Browne and /or the President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Dave Cameron should apologize to Sammy and the people of the Caribbean for the manner in which the matter was handled; and that Sammy should be asked to assist in the Twenty/20 Teams preparation for the two matches against India at Fort Lauderhill in Florida.