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IPL’s goal is to entertain fans, says Darren Sammy

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said that most players around the world look forward to play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and their primary goal is to entertain fans.

The exuberant cricketer from St. Lucia, known for his lively on-field celebrations, is a part of the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“It is a great feeling to be playing IPL as it as an amazing tournament. Most players around the world look forward to be part of it. It’s being held for the first time in the UAE and I am told tickets are selling like crazy. As players, our role is to come and entertain the fans who come out to watch us,” Sammy said.

Sammy said he has got over the disappointment of not being able to defend the World T20 title in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. The West Indies crashed out of the tournament after a defeat against Sri Lanka in the rain-marred semifinal.

“I’ve got over it (the disappointment of World T20). When we left home for Bangladesh, we wanted to defend our title but we could not control the weather.

“From the semi-final, god was smiling on Mahela (Jayawardene) and (Kumar) Sangakkara. Though I won’t say my prediction came true, it was nice to see Sri Lanka win the tournament. It was disappointing we were not in the final but ultimately cricket was the winner,” he said.

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