Jan 30, 2016 Sports
Moments after he arrives for Unity Cricket
By Sean Devers
West Indies t20 Skipper St Lucian Darren Sammy took time off from his busy schedule to spend some time with the Under-13 players from GCC and DCC at Bourda yesterday during their U-13 fixture under lights.
The 32-year-old Sammy, who has played 60 t20 Internationals, will be the Captain the West Indies when they play England March 17 in their opening game in the t20 World Cup in India.
Sammy arrived at the Ogle International Airport yesterday afternoon to participate in tonight’s Unity Cricket at Providence from 19:30hrs.
Sammy went straight from the Airport to attend the Unity Cricket press conference and then to a Radio programme to promote today’s Event which includes a children’s fun day on the Tarmac and five softball matches.
But the all-rounder still took the time to take photos with the exited youngsters who will cherish that moment with the caring cricket star who did not have to go there since it was not a part of his Unity Cricket schedule.
At the press conference Sammy stated that the concept of the Event to unite Guyanese of every race, religion, culture and political persuasion, was a wonderful one, adding he was very happy to be a part of it.
The former Test Captain, who played the first of his 38 Test against England in 2007, said it a great opportunity for the less established players to display their talent and rub shoulders with Gayles, Bravos, Holders and Sammys.
He also promised to entertain what is expected to be a capacity crowd with competitive cricket. When asked if he thought he would escape the flaying bat of Gayle whose last innings produced the fastest t20 fifty from just 12 balls in the Big Bash, Sammy joked that if he was the captain he would not give himself the ball.
“It’s all about fun and entertainment and while most of us would want to enjoy our time here and not get injured since the next few months is filled with plenty of cricket, the fans can expect a very competitive game.”
Tickets cost $3,000 and are going fast but fans who want to purchase last minute tickets can do so at the Stadium today.
The open 10/10 softball final will commence at 16:30 hrs and an entertaining day for the entire family is promised by Legacy and 007 promotions. Ramnaresh Sarwan will lead the Legacy All Stars who will be decked out in yellow, while Christopher Barnwell will Captain the 007 Warriors who will wear blue.
The dancing Cheerleaders, pulsating music from several DJs in the Party Stand and a kolidiscope of colour in the stands should create a fantastic atmosphere at Providence.
Gayle, Dwayne Smith and West Indies Test Skipper Jason Holder were among the big names to arrive last night.
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