St. John's - Darren Sammy's success in
captaining the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title has been recognised by
his native St Lucia after it was announced that the island's main cricket
ground would be renamed in his honour.
The Beausejour Cricket Ground will now be
known as the Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground, with one of the stands to be
named in honour of fellow St Lucian and Twenty20 winner Johnson Charles.
According to the West Indies Cricket Board,
the announcement was made by the Prime Minister of St Lucia, Kenny D. Anthony,
at a "welcome reception" on the island on Tuesday.
"The West Indies Cricket Board would
like to congratulate West Indies captain, Darren Sammy and opener, Johnson
Charles for the honour their home country St Lucia has bestowed on them,"
the WICB added in a statement, issued from their St John's, Antigua,
Sunday's victory over England, in a
thrilling Kolkata final where Carlos Brathwaite hit four successive sixes in
the last over, meant the West Indies became the first team to win the World
Twenty20 title twice.
Sammy, 32, was also the West Indies'
captain when they beat then hosts Sri Lanka in the 2012 final in Colombo.
But immediately after the team's latest
triumph at Kolkata's Eden Gardens ground, the all-rounder slammed the WICB for
a "disappointing" lack of support, saying the team felt
"disrespected" by their own officials.
Sammy's comments came on the back of a
bitter pay dispute that has dogged West Indies cricket for several years.
Dave Cameron, the WICB president, responded
by calling Sammy's remarks "inappropriate".
However, Cameron added the board would meet
players after the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next month to persuade
them to play for the West Indies, rather than opt for lucrative franchise
"We want to see how we can find common
ground in ensuring that the best players in the region are available for
selection for West Indies teams," Cameron said.
A pay dispute two years ago led to the team
flying home in the middle of a tour of India and the players only reluctantly
agreed to sign contracts for the World Twenty20 a few weeks before the