Cape Town - Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says the selection
"amnesty" granted to the Windies T20 stars by the board (WICB) will
not be enough to convince the players to choose the country over franchise
Sammy, who captained the Windies to two World T20 titles and
is one of the players that now plays in T20 leagues around the world, has been
a big critic of the WICB since 2014 when he led a player strike on the tour of
The Windies though have now relaxed their strict policy of
only selecting players that take part in their domestic competitions to play
for the national side.
That means that Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine
will all be available for West Indies in ODI cricket but Sammy still says the
board is not looking after domestic cricketers.
Sammy to ESPNCricinfo: "That's the problem. When it all
started with the past CEO [Michael Muirhead] and (former) director of cricket
Richard Pybus, 'West-Indies-first policy'.
"But you say West Indies first, but the first thing you
do you cut the salaries. That doesn't work.
"You telling guys 'don't go and play elsewhere [where]
they pay much better, stay at home,' but the first thing you're doing is you
cut the salaries playing at home."
The Windies did not qualify for this year's Champions Trophy
and have to go through a qualifying stage in March to get to the 2019 World
Cup, which Sammy calls a low point.
But the former skipper is still optimistic about cricket in
the Caribbean and still wants to see the team do well.
The now 36-year-old Sammy continued: "It's something I
spoke about. I was afraid that we would not make into the Champions Trophy, we
didn't, and now to this.
"Hopefully (captain) Jason [Holder] and his men can go
down to Zimbabwe in March and get to the finals, and assure that there won't be
another ICC event without West Indies.
"But the good thing about when you hit rock bottom, you
can only go up from there. Every time I hear or see West Indies play I'm always
optimistic, I've not lost that passion that something will happen.
"We've shown it over the years, the glimpses where -
especially the last Test series in England where they called us all sorts of
names, and we have a habit when people call us names to bounce back