NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Darren Sammy said he still cares about the game in the Caribbean, but he loses little sleep about a recall to the West Indies team. The former West Indies captain said he had little regret about publicly chiding the West Indies Cricket Board after winning last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final against England, which was the final time he played for the regional side. “It is sad that my last international was the World T20 final,” Sammy told the Press Trust of India news agency. “I am still available for selection in limited overs cricket, but I am not going to cry over non-selection. “I am still out there playing in the different leagues around the world, if selected I am available. But I am not crying over spilt milk.” The 33-year-old Sammy had modest returns in an international career for West Indies during which he played 38 Tests, 126 One-day and 66 Twenty20 Internationals between 2004 and last year. He was however, widely praised for his passionate leadership which inspired the team to win the T20 World Cup twice (2012 and last year) and perform creditably in the other two formats of the game, even rising to fifth in the Test rankings. But his outburst following the T20 World Cup final last year was dimly viewed by regional administrators and he subsequently lost the leadership of the T20 side to World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite. “What I said on the podium after winning the final, I said it from my heart,” said Sammy. “I said what I had to. I expected things to happen. But I don’t lose sleep over it anymore. “God has blessed me tremendously. He is my selector. So I am not worried about what is going to happen. I still do care about West Indies cricket, but if I am not selected, I am not going to sulk over it.” Sammy is in India to as part of the Kings XI Punjab team playing in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament. It’s the latest of the T20 gigs of which he has been a part, as he continues to play the game around the world.
A proposal to move portions of a test wing from Florida to Edwards Air Force Base is still alive, but requires more study because of potential risks of losing test and evaluation capabilities, according to congressional and Air Force leaders. Air Force officials said an initial study of the idea conducted by the Rand Corp. showed potential savings in moving the 46th Test Wing from Eglin Air Force Base to Edwards. The Air Force would not release the study, but did issue a statement stating the proposal would require further analysis. “The analysis results confirmed that consolidation may provide some cost benefit to the (Air Force),” said John Manclark, director of Air Force Test and Evaluation. “But we can’t afford not to get this right, so we will take the time to further study the risks to the warfighter before considering implementation.” The proposal to move portions of the test wing is one of several options being looked at by Air Force Materiel Command to cut costs. After leaks to the news media, the Air Force acknowledged the proposal was under consideration, prompting Florida civic leaders to rally against the idea. The 46th Test Wing performs test and evaluation work on air-launched systems and uses A-10, F-15, and F-16 aircraft. The unit also operates a climatic laboratory in which aircraft can be tested in a variety of simulated weather conditions. The unit has roughly 3,500 personnel, with about 960 of that total being military service members. The proposal would involve moving about 700 of those military positions. “Given the insight provided by the analysis, the Air Force will continue to study the issue and work with Congress to find the right way ahead for Air Force test,” said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff. “Budget pressures and 16 years of continuous Air Force combat operations leave us with little choice but to consider serious options to gain efficiencies.” Before any consolidation action can be taken, two additional reports required by the 2007 Defense Authorizations Act Conference Report must be delivered to Congress, the Air Force statement said. Florida lawmakers were able to put the proposal on hold last year by inserting language into the 2007 defense appropriations bill blocking any funds from being used to transfer test and evaluation assets from Eglin. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said the Rand study shows the Air Force was moving too hastily with the proposal. “And the study says there are long-term risks that might outweigh potential cost savings from moving the 46th Test Wing,” Nelson said. “When it comes to maintaining military readiness, we should not undertake a move the study says could lead to reduced testing or a greater reliance on costly private contractors.” U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued a statement Thursday that took no position. “I am pleased to see that Air Force Materiel Command is taking the necessary steps to fully examine and evaluate any potential savings in Test and Evaluation,” McKeon said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!