Watson replaces Sammy as St Lucia Stars captain

ESPN Cricinfo:-Darren Sammy has been removed from his position as captain by the St Lucia Stars after a run of six successive matches without a victory in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League. Shane Watson, the former Australia allrounder, takes over the leadership of the team and will be assisted by his new deputy Marlon Samuels.

A press release from the Stars on Thursday insisted that Sammy remained an integral part of the team. Barring the results, Sammy has had a good tournament, scoring a valiant fifty against the Barbados Tridents, at the end of which the opposition captain Kieron Pollard joked he was thankful for the rain stopping Sammy before he could do further damage.

They were then upstaged in the final over by Guyana Amazon Warriors – Sammy nearly defended seven runs – and most recently lost to Jamaica Tallawahs after bossing the majority the match.

To “incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018,” the Stars management has decided to end Sammy’s stint at the helm after 40 matches across five seasons.

“If it were not for Daren, St Lucian cricket would not have the standing it does in world cricket and his ability to lead both on and off the field remains unquestioned,” owner Jay Pandya said. “However, after the results that we have seen over the first half of the 2017 Hero CPL, a change is needed to freshen things up as we look to win the remaining four fixtures this season.”

The new captain Watson has excellent credentials in T20 cricket, with 5691 runs and 194 wickets and has led teams in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League. Watson has scored 45 runs in four games in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League.


  1. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Change is always good

  2. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm


  3. sharon terrell
    August 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    The team owners should have build the team around Darren Sammy.Imagine trading a Michael Jordan or Margic Johnson or any other great sportsman to make the team a winning team.I for example will use Carmelo Anthony of the needs as a captain of the team being traded to Houston Rockets.And now the knicks expect to rebuild the team and win a Championship,that will never happen maybe the next 10 to 20 years.I like Watson and i like Marlon Samuels.I like all the guys they are my babies.But how many times Darren Sammy will be either fired,then hired then fired,i mean.Why not just get some damn player’s do the shuffle and make sensible change.Darren Sammy not the only one on the team,when he was one of the best and only performer.The orners could not find something better to do.I hope that work.Why dont we get player’s from India,parkistan,Australia where ever,but Darren Sammy maybe just like i stop watching WICB maybe i might do the same for CPL.Darren Sammy gone one of my heroes,players no more fun for me,I only watch Darren and Chris Gayle.Good luck Stars.

  4. the Realist
    August 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I wonder if the Stars management will replace “the rain”too?