West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has come in defence of disgraced Australian cricketer Steve Smith, who has been at the target of media ever since the Newland’s ball-tampering controversy, saying it was “not the humane way to keep kicking a man when he is down”. Also Read - IPL 2020: Hugely Disappointed It's Not Taking Place in India, Says Rajasthan Royals Skipper Steve Smith
Sammy is set to captain Smith on Thursday night, when they team up for Toronto Nationals against Vancouver Knights in the inaugural match of Global T20 Canada. This will be Smith’s first competitive match since he was handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia for his role in the South African ball-tampering saga. The 29-year-old was recently photographed in New York City en route to Canada, which splashed over the newspapers, with one headline saying, “Disgraced Smith a sad sight in New York”. Also Read - ICC Test Rankings: Stuart Broad Moves to Third Spot in Bowlers Tally, Jasprit Bumrah Slips to Eighth Spot
At a media interaction on Wednesday night, the Windies skipper mentioned this story and said it wasn’t right to “keep kicking a man when he’s down”. “That’s not called for,” Sammy was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. Also Read - India's Bowling Attack Can Rattle Australia Even With Steve Smith And David Warner: Gautam Gambhir
“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,” he added.
Warner will also play in the tournament alongside the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Ben McDermott for the Winnipeg Hawks.