“Gone are those days when you played for love,” Darren Sammy feels not enough financial security is the reason behind West Indies’ decline

West Indies were knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 in the qualifier round.

Former West Indies skipper Indies Darren Sammy has expressed his disappointment with the decline of West Indies cricket following their early exit from the T20 World Cup 2022. He cited not enough financial security as the behind downfall of cricket in the Caribbean.

“It hurts man, it hurts,” Darren Sammy on West Indies’ early exit from T20 World Cup 2022 

Such a cruel game of crocket can be as West Indies which almost every team threatened to play at once, is now struggling to get a win. They came into the T20 World Cup 2022 with a lot of backing as many even predicted them to be the winner of the tournament.

But this wasn’t the case as they suffered an exit from the tournament in the qualifier round itself. They first suffered a 42-run thrashing at the hands of Scotland and many fans and pundits lashed out at them for their poor performance and tactics.

After that, they regrouped and played well to bag a win against Zimbabwe by 31 runs to keep themselves in the hunt. They then needed to win against Ireland to qualify for the Super 12 stage but they yet again lost. They displayed a poor brand of cricket with both bats as well as the ball as Ireland thrashed them by 9 wickets to knock them out of the tournament.

Following their poor outing in the tournament, many fans and pundits have criticised them and have termed them a disappointment. Darren Sammy also expressed his sadness over the decline of West Indies in World Cricket.

Speaking to PTI, he cited how Indian players get healthy wealth as compared to West Indies players, who are desperate to play in foreign leagues.

“It hurts man, it hurts. India is strong because they can tell their players that you don’t play anywhere else. You have to understand that they have the money to back it up,”

An India A list contracted player could probably make a million dollar a year (Rs 7 crore plus match fees plus TV rights money) compared to a Windies A lister, who would earn USD 150,000 (Rs 1.2 crore roughly),” 

“Gone are those days when you played for love,” says Darren Sammy 

Darren Sammy further went on to say that it’s difficult for cricket boards to keep their players together when they get paid elsewhere as well. He said:

That’s a massive difference and obviously the question of pay (disparity) will always come up. It’s very difficult for smaller boards (in terms of financial might) to keep their players together when they are handsomely paid elsewhere,” 

“Gone are those days when you played for love. Love doesn’t buy you groceries from supermarket,”

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