Sammy sacked by Stars
GROS ISLET (CMC):
Darren Sammy has been sacked as captain of St Lucia Stars, paying the price for the franchise's woeful start to the Caribbean Premier League.
Stars have lost their first six matches of the campaign to be bottom of the six-team table with virtually no chance of making the play-offs.
Sammy, who has led the St Lucia franchise from its inception, has been replaced by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.
"After six successive defeats in the 2017 season, the time is right to make a switch in leadership and incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018," a franchise statement said Thursday.
"The Stars management would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren Sammy for his contribution as captain this season and throughout the last four editions of Hero CPL."
Stars lost the curtain-raiser to current leaders Trinbago Knight Riders by nine wickets at home before also going down to TKR in the return game in Port of Spain.
They then shockingly lost their remaining four home games at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, showing little of the form that took them to the play-offs last year.
Sammy's form has been patchy, scoring 123 runs from six innings with a highest of 60 not out, but the franchise confirmed he would remain a member of the set-up.
"Darren is a St Lucian icon and has been a fantastic servant of both St Lucian and West Indian cricket," the statement continued.