STATEMENT FROM DARREN SAMMY RE BANGLADESH PREMIER LEAGUE
I wish to thank the Bangladesh Premier League and Sylhet Royals for the offer to join the inaugural BPL. I am both humbled and honoured by this recognition of me as a professional cricketer. I have discussed with my family and given much thought and consideration to the offer and regrettably I have informed the BPL and the Sylhet Royals that I am unable to accept it at this stage.
While I enjoyed playing cricket in front the enthusiastic and passionate Bangladeshi fans the BPL’s schedule clashes with that of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional 4 Day Tournament. Participating in the BPL would mean missing the first four rounds of the Regional 4 Day.
The West Indies will host Australia starting mid-March and it will be a tough and challenging Digicel Series. I have decided that it would be best for me to participate in the Regional 4 Day in order that I am properly and fully prepared for the challenges of the series against Australia.
Additionally Windward Islands cricket is blossoming and making significant strides and we are playing consistently well. My contributions as captain and all rounder are integral to this process and I am keen on serving my team as we continue to grow. I look forward to playing before the Bangladeshi fans in the future at a time which is mutually convenient. Once again I offer my regret at not being able to take up the opportunity on this occasion and ask that there be understanding for the decision I have taken based on the reasons outlined.
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