Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy is hopeful a solid performance during the Caribbean Premier League 2020 will lead to a return to international cricket.
Sammy will captain the St Lucia Zouks in the CPL 2020. He hasn't played international cricket since 2017, but would like to be considered for selection ahead of next year's T20 World Cup in India.
“I have had a lot of soul searching and reflection in the past few months. Anybody who's been at home in the lockdown all these months would not have done justice to themselves if they didn't glean over things. I'm actually just going into this tournament to do better for myself and St. Lucia,” Sammy was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“That is the focus this year and if I do well at that it will raise a few eyebrows as well for other things. I have not retired. I have not closed that door and if I take care of what I have to do for St. Lucia and get us to the playoffs along with my own very good performances that will certainly make selectors take notice of it.”
Sammy represented the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. That was the last time he played competitive cricket, prior to the halt of almost all competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“One thing we have been clear from the time the new administration came is that from the selection point of view that if everyone is available, playing the CPL and have the hunger and desire to play they're just going to be like everybody else and be in the pool of players for selection. No one is an exception to the rule. Performance and fitness will come into play when it's time to select the team for the next series,” added West Indies ODI and T20I captain Kieron Pollard.
The St Lucia Zouks, who used to be called the St Lucia Stars, have never won the CPL. They have finished last in the six-team standings on a few occasions.
They will pursue a maiden title against the Barbados Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs this year.