Darren Sammy lashes out at the media for rubbing salt on Steve Smith's wounds

Darren Sammy lashes out at the media for rubbing salt on Steve Smith’s wounds

Sammy and Smith will play for the Toronto Nationals in the Canada tournament.

Daren Sammy
Daren Sammy. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

The last few months for Steve Smith hasn’t been joyful by any stretch of the imagination. He has had to face the face the wrath of suspension by Cricket Australia (CA) owing to the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, which tarnished the reputation of their cricket. The tainted cricketer is trying to make his way back to the sport and is slated to play in the Global Canada T20, which starts today.

Amidst Smith’s misery, the media hasn’t left any stone unturned in keeping an eye on his whereabouts. Recently, he was spotted drinking a beer in a New York pub and news articles with a headline saying “Disgraced Smith a sad sight in New York” went viral. The spread of the news didn’t go down well with Darren Sammy, the Windies cricketer and he slammed the journalists for poking into his life.

“That’s not the humane way to do things”- Sammy

“As a Christian, you commit sins, there are punishments for your sins. [It] doesn’t mean everything is okay, but there’s always forgiveness after you’ve committed your sins and paid the price, and you move on. Like we said, they’ve done that. They’ve missed out on IPL, they’ve been sacked and all that stuff, but at the end of the day life goes on,” Sammy was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“It’s truly up to you guys (the media). I saw an article, recently, about something in New York. That’s not called for. You’ve made your point. I think, as sportsmen, we want to do the right things, set the example for the next generation.

We will make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean you’ve got to keep kicking a man when he’s down. That’s not the humane way to do things, and I think there’s a right to punish but there’s also a right to forgive and move on,” the all-round cricketer added.

Sammy and Smith will play for the Toronto Nationals in the Canada tournament. They will play their first match today versus the Vancouver Knights at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City. Both haven’t represented their national teams for quite a while now and will be looking to string together some impressive performances.

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