St Lucia ground to be renamed after Sammy
West Indies led his side to glory in a thrilling finish in the ICC World T20 final against England in Kolkata
06 April 2016 10:37
Kenny Anthony, the St Lucia Prime Minister, said on Tuesday (April 5) that the Beausejour Stadium will be renamed Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in his honour. Sammy is the first international cricketer to emerge from the island nation, having made his One-Day International debut against New Zealand in 2004.
The stadium, which has a 15,000 seating capacity, was completed in 2002 and had hosted domestic matches for the Windward Islands cricket team. It has since hosted several international games too.
Johnson Charles, the opener, is the other St. Lucian in the West Indies squad, and will have a grandstand named after him at the venue. Charles will also receive a plot of land on St Lucia, a Caribbean island most famed as a tourist destination.
Sammy led his side to glory in a thrilling finish against England in Kolkata, where Carlos Brathwaite hit four successive sixes in the last over to seal a four-wicket. West Indies thus became the first team to win the World T20 title twice – Sammy was also the captain when they beat then hosts Sri Lanka in the 2012 final in Colombo.
The West Indies Cricket Board congratulated Sammy and Charles for the honour their home country St. Lucia bestowed on them.
“Both are fitting tributes to the hard work and dedication of the players who just completed an exciting victory to win the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Men’s title,” a WICB release stated. “The honour is fitting and we salute the players.”