West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 18, 2013

'I'd love to spill my guts' - Sammy


Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has bit his lip over the suspension of offspinner Shane Shillingford due an illegal action but admitted there was a lot he would like to say about the issue.

There is a strong sense that West Indies feel harshly treated over Shillingford, whose doosra and traditional offspinner were found to breach the 15-degree limit laid down by the ICC. Before the report was issued Ottis Gibson, the coach, said "there are a few people around the world bowling with similar, if not worse actions."

It is the second time he has been suspended from international cricket and the WICB are still digesting the full report before deciding on their next course of action. Marlon Samuels was also banned from using his faster ball although the impact on his immediate career is far more limited than for Shillingford.

"I'd love to spill my guts out and say what I have to say," Sammy said. "No matter what the situation there is a procedure in which things are done. I've always been one whose stuck by the rules. I don't want find myself in any compromising situation.

"I would have loved to say a lot of things but I've always been a diplomatic guy so won't take part in that. We all have our personal opinions. Some have voiced it and we'll just put all our energy into this Test.

"The board and coach and director of cricket at home are going to handle it and I'm backing them to handle it in the best possible way for us as a team and esp for Shilly and Marlon."

Sammy and Shillingford are domestic and international team-mates, playing for Windward Islands, so have known each other for many years. He wants West Indies to channel their feelings into the final Test against New Zealand which they need to win to level the series.

"Shilly is a very close friend of mine and he's quite sad and disappointed about the results but that's life and sometimes you get curve balls thrown at you. You have to face it and come back stronger. It's a tough pill to swallow. We all support Shilly as a team. He's been through that before and hopefully his mental toughness will carry him through."

"When your backs are really against the wall is when you can reach the highest point," he added. "That's what we face in this Test. We will go out and fight for one of our team-mates, come out strong and hit back at New Zealand.

Shillingford is still with the West Indies squad in Hamilton, but Sammy said he hoped he would be able to return home to the Caribbean in time for Christmas before beginning the process of working on his action.

"I guess he wants to be home with his closer loved ones at that time," Sammy said. "I would also suggest that he goes home and spends some time with his fiancée or his mum or his parent, where he will feel an even stronger bond and love and where he can move on."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Brian and Volney, is it the same president who since his election has spent US$200,000+ on travelling, while the board has no money for youth development programs? Sammy has the 4 best record as captain since Sobers. He is only outdone by LLoyd, Richardson and Richards. So when so guys are pointing fingers please study the stats first.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Personally,I don't think shilly is murali and not going to win many test matches for WI.Instead of looking in to this issu too much WI have to develop a side which can score 400+ runs consistently and bowlers who take 20 wickets in a test match.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    The W.I. should review this NZ series and make some analytical changes. First and foremost, we need a batting coach. Braithwaite playing with his bat far away from his body, not getting his foot to the ball, Powell not patient, makes a good 26-30 runs and then plays an injudicious stroke and gets out, Kirk Edwards front foot is nowhere close to the ball when he drives, Samuels not moving his feet at all and they are nowhere close to the ball when he drives, Deonarine is out of his depth in test cricket, Sammy is just not Test material, mediocre and not up to W.I. standards, so is Best. Shillingford throws, no doubt about it and should never have reached this Test standard with that action. Where is Sarwan in all this ? and Bishoo ? We need a good management analysis to rebuild our Team for test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I for one think the new president should come in & clean house. We need someone who is able to put a better West Indies team to represent the Caribbean.Gibson & Sammy has out stayed there usefulness, we need people who can motivate & select the right guys to represent the West Indies.

  • Shawn on December 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Shilly was not that good to begin with, and as was said earlier, his is a recurring problem that was never dealt with properly. Losing Shilly will not help the poor attitude the team has, the lack of conviction in the play or the continued poor selection of the squads. WI has gotten the short straw a lot, but it is time to rise above the short straws and perform at the level that short straws don't matter, or at least with the heart the side had earlier in the Sammy/Gibson era. The experiment worked, it took us as far as it could go, and sadly now has outlived its usefulness. If the change was made at the right time, after the t20 win, we would have had continued progress. Now we have to curtail the regression once more, before progress is made. To many "who is from where" arguments still in the WI, if the BEST players are picked, not Tino, then it wouldn't matter where they are from, because it would be our best.

  • charlie on December 20, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Is it inconceivable to some that WI could have such a talent ,who would dare to go unchallenged ? Who is next ? Narine ? It seems also , that only docile and ineffective bowling is all WI are allowed in todays cricketing world, before the storm clouds break . IT'S my humble opinion ,that many of the present day bowlers (especially the quicks ) are more than suspect in their actions . Let's administer justice as it should be for all people throughout the world in the interest of game !!!

  • Carl on December 18, 2013, 14:06 GMT


    I addressed the Lawson issue earlier on another thread. That young man's action was a little "rangy", but he should NEVER have been banned - an utter disgrace...and surprise, surprise, it only happened AFTER he had routed the Aussies. Lawson bowled for over a year on the international stage - and nobody said a word. I saw him live, saw him on TV many times and never saw a problem. Maybe if he didn't bowl accurately at 97mph, he would still be playing...

  • NIGEL on December 18, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    A lot of persons seems to be saying so much, including Sammy. Shilly have had this problem right here in local matches, many of the guys he played with spoke about it, then he went regional and was called by Bucknor, instead of the system here in the Caribbean taking note and dealing with the matter we played the Small Island, Big Island card so it is nothing new and the WICB should be held accountable, but we again are pointing fingers at the ICC, well am pointing at the WICB if here in Dominica and by extension the West Indies we do not have the personnel Shilly then send him where he can get the necessary assistance but solve the damn problem once and for all. But then again does anyone remember Jermain Lawson, the former WI fast bowler from JA? How much help did he get from WICB to remedy his action? Just asking. As for Sammy and his guts spilling, that may also include the WICB seeing that the former WICB President was from the so called Small Island, so Sammy don't spill guts.

  • Carl on December 18, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Why not ban overarm bowling altogether? After all, everything else is going in the batsmen's favour. I remember when this great game was a fair contest between bat and ball, when fast bowlers could bowl short and slight variations in action were allowed across the world - not just outside the West Indies. Nowadays, this game that has sold its soul to the "junk cricket" format, is slipping further into the abyss.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Perhaps the ICC should ensure some balance by instituting a maditory testing policy for all bowlers. Murali still remains one of the all time best for God's sake!

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