Newly appointed West Indies white-ball Head Coach Daren Sammy has been in conversation with T20 stars Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine relative to their possible return to the West Indies team.
According to Sammy, he has been having conversations with Hetmyer and Lewis, along with Russell and Narine; and he has been encouraged by those talks.
“I would like to make it know that everyone who plays regional cricket is available, or indicating that they are available, for West Indies selection,” Sammy has declared.
“I have had conversations with both Hetmyer and Evin Lewis. Having played not too long ago, and understanding the complaints of players and the lack…of…communication, I think it is important for us to communicate. It sounds simple, but just the clear communication makes the process better, and it gives you a better understanding,” Sammy has said.
“Yes, we have had in-depth conversations with Shimron and Evin Lewis about their mindset and their plans, and where they see West Indies cricket in align with themselves. I must say the feedback has been positive. Guys like Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, I have reached out to them as well, to hear what are their thoughts, because they still take part in our domestic competitions (CPL),” this dynamic St Lucian, who has led the West Indies to two T20 World Cup titles, added.
“But it takes honest, mature conversations, which I am not afraid to have with players. That is the position on that. I am encouraged by the discussion we have had when it comes to West Indies cricket and outlining clear plans on how we integrate,” Sammy continued.
“These players, when you look at the calibre of Shimron, I am sure it hurts the fans to see him perform elsewhere, and not in the maroon,” Sammy said.
Lewis last played for the West Indies in October 2022, while Hetmyer last played in August 2022. Russell played his last game for West Indies in November 2021, while Narine last wore the maroon colours in August 2019. (GTimes)