Sammy Targets Return Against Ireland
West Indies Test and Twenty20 International captain Darren Sammy has targeted the series against Ireland in February for his comeback following a hamstring injury.
He suffered the injury during the recent tour of New Zealand and has now been ruled out of leading the Windward Islands for the upcoming NAGICO Super50 tournament which begins on 30th January.
He is heading to Antigua to continue his rehabilitation but hopes to be fit to play the two Twenty20 Internationals and sole One-Day International against Ireland between 19th and 23rd February.
This would also enable him to prove his fitness ahead of the West Indies' defence of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March and April.
"I suffered a Grade 2 injury in New Zealand and it is still not fully healed. I still require some more time to get back ‘on the park’," Sammy told WICB Media.
"I want to make sure I’m at peak fitness when I make my return. I’m looking to make a return when we [West Indies] play against Ireland in Jamaica in the second half of February," he added.
In Sammy's absence, the Windwards will be captained by Liam Sebastien and fellow all-rounder Craig Emmanuel comes into the squad as cover.
"We [Windwards] did really well last year under the captaincy of Liam and won the tournament in style... so I’m backing my team to do it again this year," Sammy said.
"Craig is a good, experienced cricketer who is very capable of performing at this level."
The Super50 sees the Windwards take on Guyana, Ireland and Jamaica in their group while the other group comprises Barbados, Combined Campuses & Colleges, Leeward Islands and Trinidad & Tobago.
The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals on 12th and 13th February before the grand final is held at Queen's Park Oval on 15th February.
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