Darren Sammy
West Indian cricketer
Darren Sammy
Darren Julius Garvey Sammy is a Saint Lucian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. On making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St.  Lucia to play international cricket.
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Cricket: ICC blasts Windies for World T20 outburst over pay
Yahoo News - 10 months
The International Cricket Council has criticized West Indies for using their victory speech at the World Twenty20 tournament to complain about their cricket board after a long drawn-out pay dispute. During the televised broadcast, West Indies captain Darren Sammy referred to the dispute which saw the team threaten to withdraw from the tournament in India before a last-minute deal was brokered with the board. All-rounder Dwayne Bravo later criticized the West Indies Cricket Board in an interview with a local broadcaster.
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New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of the West Indies' Sammy in their Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match in Wellington
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of the West Indies' Darren Sammy in their Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match in Wellington, March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps
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Cricket-Unfazed Holder looks to lead West Indies out of trouble
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - It was a flashpoint that could define Jason Holder's captaincy of the West Indies side at the World Cup. Needing to beat United Arab Emirates, and do it comfortably to give themselves a chance of making the knockout stages, he threw the ball to fellow all-rounder Darren Sammy, who conceded just four runs in his one over and was replaced. Holder went to the former captain to explain his reasoning, only to get embroiled in a heated exchange with the older man. "There is no animosity," a laughing Sammy told reporters as West Indies prepared for their quarter-final against New Zealand at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.
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Simmons, Russell lead West Indies onslaught
Yahoo News - about 2 years
A late batting onslaught led by Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell took the West Indies to 310-6 batting first against Pakistan in their crucial World Cup Pool B match in Christchurch on Saturday. Simmons, who smacked a century in the West Indies first-up loss to Ireland, continued his commanding form with the bat, although this time he did get a life on 45. It was one of four dropped catches by Pakistan as the West Indies, who relied heavily on Simmons and Darren Sammy for runs against Ireland, this time spread the workload. Denesh Ramdin contributed 51, Darren Bravo made 49, before retiring hurt, and Russell was unbeaten on 42 with knocks of 38 from Marlon Samuels and 30 from Sammy.
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Bravo double ton thwarts NZ victory push
Yahoo News - about 3 years
(Reuters) - Darren Bravo provided stubborn resistance to New Zealand's bowlers bringing up his maiden test double century to ensure West Indies made the hosts bat again and sent the first test at University Oval in Dunedin into a fifth and final day. Bravo, whose previous highest test score was 195 against Bangladesh in 2011, ended Friday's fourth day on 210 not out after he had guided the visitors to 443 for six in their second innings, a lead of 47 runs. West Indies captain Darren Sammy, although still hampered by a hamstring injury sustained while bowling, remained unbeaten on 44 after he and Bravo had put on a quick-fire 80-run partnership. "It has been hard work, I guess that's what test cricket is," New Zealand legspinner Ish Sodhi told Radio Sport of the day in which the home side's bowlers created many opportunities only for potential catches to flash just wide of fielders.
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Cricket-West Indies stall NZ run charge with quick wickets
Yahoo News - about 3 years
West Indies bowlers produced a more disciplined line and length to stall New Zealand's run charge and capture two quick wickets as the hosts went to lunch at 445 for five on the second day of the first test at University Oval on Wednesday. Ross Taylor was on 144 and in sight of his highest test score of 154 not out, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling was on 26 for the hosts, who had lost Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson within five runs in the first hour of play. West Indies, already hampered by picking just two frontline pace bowlers in Tino Best and Shannon Gabriel, suffered a blow when captain Darren Sammy was forced from the field for treatment on what appeared to be a hamstring injury. McCullum and Taylor had produced a brilliant attacking final session on Tuesday to lead New Zealand to 367 for three and were looking to re-establish themselves when they resumed to push to a first innings total in excess of 500 runs.
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Cricket-Rutherford falls just before lunch as NZ make 100
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton guided New Zealand to 100 for one at lunch on the first day of the first test against West Indies at University Oval in Dunedin on Tuesday. On a green wicket expected to assist bowlers, Rutherford (62) recorded his first test half century with a blistering square cut off West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who had earlier won the toss and put the hosts into bat. It was Rutherford's second highest score after making 171 on debut at the same ground against England in March. The tall right hander was on 31 at the break, having been joined by Aaron Redmond (four) after Rutherford was well caught by Narsingh Deonarine in the outfield trying to hit off-spinner Shane Shillingford out of the ground.
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'Opponents happy to not face Tendulkar'
The Times Of India - over 3 years
"What he brought to the cricket fraternity is incredibly the best. Legends come and legends go, but cricket will surely miss Sachin," Darren Sammy said.     
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Pakistan win toss, put Windies in to bat
Fox News - over 3 years
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and put West Indies in to bat in the second one-day international of their five-match series at the Guyana National Stadium on Tuesday. On the heels of a convincing 126-run victory in the first ODI on Sunday, the visitors predictably named an unchanged XI, with Misbah saying at the toss that he expected his bowlers to exploit the conditions following considerable rainfall on the day between the two fixtures. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo revealed that he would have also preferred to bat first and despite the batting capitulation two days earlier when his team were routed for just 98, chose to retain the same team, which includes former captain Darren Sammy who is playing his 100th ODI. Teams: West Indies - D.J. Bravo (captain), C. Gayle, J. Charles, D.M. Bravo, L. Simmons, M. Samuels, K. Pollard, D. Sammy, K. Roach, S. Narine J. Holder. Pakistan - Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Uma ...
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Sammy hopes Windies play like champs
The Times Of India - about 4 years
Captain Darren Sammy wants the West Indies to play like world champions when they meet Australia in a one-off Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
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WI field in second Bangladesh ODI
The Times Of India - about 4 years
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and sent Bangladesh into bat in the second one-day international at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on Sunday.
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Samuels’ ton lifts West Indies in 2nd Test
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KHULNA:  Marlon Samuels hit a fighting century to help the West Indies reach 241 for two at close on the second day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh yesterday. The 31-year-old Jamaican scored 109 not out and added 198 for the unbroken third-wicket stand with Darren Bravo (85 not out). The tourists, who lead the series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Dhaka by 77 runs, are now 146 behind Bangladesh’s first-innings total of 387. West Indian captain Darren Sammy praised Samuels and Bravo. “Both Samuels and Bravo played well,” said Sammy. “I think Marlon did not get runs in the first match so he was looking for runs here and I am happy that he got a hundred. Bravo was equally good and both gave us a good stand.” Fidel Edwards was the pick of the bowlers with 6-90, his 12th five-wicket haul in Test matches. Sammy chipped in with 3-74. Earlier, Bangladesh added 22 to their overnight score of 365 for eight. Published in The Exp ...
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West Indies' victory in the T20 World Championship is a good thing for cricket in general
The Times of India - over 4 years
''From Jamaica down to Guyana they'll be dan-cing,'' said West Indies captain Darren Sammy when asked what fans of his team would be doing after the T20 World Championship, and he was hardly being facetious.
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World T20: Sammy considers extra spinner
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KANDY: West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team would consider including an extra spinner in Samuel Badree in today’s crucial match against New Zealand. The West Indies batsmen struggled against Sri Lanka’s spinners on Saturday but Sammy said the team had enough experience to adapt to the turning wickets. “There’s a bit of possibility that Badree could play. It’s horses for courses,” said Sammy. “If it is dry, he stands a good chance of playing. “At the start of the tournament the ball was coming through but as the tournament went on we expected the pitches to have low and slow turn type of wickets. “We have enough experience in the dressing room to adapt to such conditions.” New Zealand have the slimmest chance of making it to semi-finals, having lost both their Super Eight matches. They need to beat West Indies by a big margin and hope Sri Lanka defeat England in the second match today. Meanwhile, former New Zealand captain Danie ...
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Yahoo News - over 4 years
West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy (R) congratulates Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene after their victory in the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup's Super Eight match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on September 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGHPRAKASH SINGH/AFP/GettyImages
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Sammy Keen to End West Indies' Title Drought
NYTimes - over 4 years
West Indies have not tasted much international success in the last decade but captain Darren Sammy believes he has succeeded in creating the kind of dressing room atmosphere that can help them end the title drought in Sri Lanka.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Darren Sammy
  • 2016
    Age 32
    In August 2016 he was dropped as T20I captain and the chairman of selectors said he did not merit a place in the West Indies squad.
    More Details Hide Details Carlos Brathwaite replaced him for the T20I leadership role. At the launch of the Caribbean Premier League Sammy was announced as a franchise player for the 2013 tournament. Sammy played professionally in the Indian Premier League for Hyderabad, and he was made captain of that franchise in 2014. The Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervaiz Khattak, offered the explosive all rounder the honorary citizenship of Pakistan on special request of Peshawar Zalmi owner and a passionate cricket fan Javed Afridi. The Chief Minister tweeted on social media website Twitter to make this major announcement. Darren Sammy accepted the offer. Sammy has a reputation for bowling long spells and his medium-fast pace bowling is used to support strike bowlers. He has commented that "We all have roles in the team and I've clearly understood what my role is in the team, which is to build pressure and be the workhorse of the team. I've accepted that and that's how I've played throughout my career." He aims to do this by bowling dot balls to create pressure. Sammy feels that because he is a support bowler batsmen relax against him and are more prone to make mistakes. A consistent bowler, though he does not move the ball much Sammy delivers the ball with an upright seam and uses the crease to vary his angle of delivery. As a batsman, his strike-rate in ODIs of 98.11 is the second highest amongst West Indian players who have faced at least 500 deliveries (behind all-rounder Andre Russell on 119.34), and in ODI innings of at least 25 runs holds the second, third, and fourth highest strike rates of West Indian players.
    This was done after Darren Sammy captained the West Indies side in winning the 2016 edition of ICC World Twenty20 in India, their second World T20 title.
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    On August 5th 2016, Sammy was informed he was being dropped as T20I captain of West Indies.
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    Sammy again captained West Indies to victory in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 against England.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    Sammy led the West Indies in the 2012 World Twenty20 hosted by Sri Lanka.
    More Details Hide Details For the first time in a long time, the West Indies were considered realistic contenders for the title, a measure of how the team has matured under the auspices of Sammy. However, it was as an individual player that he came under scrutiny in the tournament. In the journey from group stages to the final, Sammy contributed 27 runs with the bat from four visits to the crease and overall bowling figures of 2/125, and drew a lot of criticism as many people felt he was keeping better players out of the side. But in the final, when it mattered most, Sammy scored 26 not out from 15 balls and took two key wickets (almost matching his batting and bowling tally for the rest of the tournament) to help his team overcome a slow start and defeat Sri Lanka. On 06 April 2016, Beauséjour Stadium, a cricket ground located near Gros Islet, St Lucia having a seating capacity of 15,000 was renamed to Darren Sammy Stadium.
    New Zealand toured the West Indies between June and August 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The fixtures included two Tests, five ODIs, and two T20Is, and the West Indies won every match apart from the third ODI. Sammy guided the team to their first Test series victory since 2009 against a Test side other than minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. He carried on his good form with the bat, scoring a half-century in the first Test.
    This trend continued when the West Indies toured England in May 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Sammy began the series with scores of 17 and 37 in the first Test at Lord's, during which he passed 3,000 runs in first-class cricket. In the following Test, in his 26th Test, Sammy registered his maiden Test century. It was just the seventh time a number eight batsman had scored a century for the West Indies. Sammy partnered Marlon Samuels in a 204-run stand, the second-highest for the West Indies' seventh wicket. The West Indies lost the Test and drew the next one to lose the series 2–0; Sammy finished with 201 runs from five innings and was his team's third highest run-scorer in the series while his six wickets cost 48.50 runs each. Commenting on Sammy's performance in the series, former West Indies captain Viv Richards said "All of a sudden there was this new-found confidence. You need to have a leader who can come out to the middle and make some sort of contribution. He has done enough and should not feel he has one foot in and one foot out as far as the leadership in concerned. He has done his bit to provide a winning environment."
    He captained West Indies to the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 victory against Sri Lanka, West Indies' first major trophy for 8 years (having won the ICC Champions trophy against England in 2004).
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    The 2011/12 season saw Sammy improve as a batsman: in the series against India and Australia Sammy scored over 100 runs, which he had not done previously in a Test series.
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    Pakistan toured the West Indies in April and May 2011 for a T20I, five ODIs, and two Tests.
    More Details Hide Details In the first match of the Test series West Indies secured their first victory since 2009, ending a 17-match run without a win. Sammy took seven wickets in the match, including five in Pakistan's second innings, and was named Man of the Match for his performance. West Indies lost the second match, drawing the series 1–1; Sammy was his team's second-highest wicket-taker, claiming ten at an average of 17.90. The following month Sammy was named T20I player of the year at the West Indies Players Association awards. When India toured in June and July the West Indies lost the Test series 1–0. Cricinfo recorded that Sammy led with passion and "bowled his heart out"; he finished with seven wickets from three matches at an average of 38.28. While playing, Sammy had to deal with distractions from hostile crowds and pundits who criticised his appointment as captain as some believed he could not hold down a place as a player alone.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    On 17 October 2010 Sammy was named captain of the West Indies Test team for its tour to Sri Lanka and until the end of the 2011 season, replacing Chris Gayle.
    More Details Hide Details At the time Sammy had played 8 Tests and 41 ODIs. The previous captain and vice, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo respectively, had chosen not to sign central contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board and were replaced. Between January 2004 and the start of the tour to Sri Lanka in November, the West Indies had won just five of their previous 62 Tests and were expected to lose the three match series against a team with a good home record. In a series shortened by poor weather Sammy scored 10 runs and took two wickets at an average of 75.50, and while he said he wanted to improve his own performance Sammy stated that he was pleased with the 0–0 result of the series. In the 2–0 defeat to Sri Lanka in the subsequent ODI series, Sammy scored 28 runs and sent down 19 wicketless overs.
    Playing at home, the West Indies had high hopes for the 2010 version of the Twenty20 competition.
    More Details Hide Details The tournament did not start off too badly, Sammy scoring 30 as the West Indies made 138–9 against Ireland, then capturing 3–8 and holding on to a record four catches as Ireland were routed for just 68, the second-lowest total in Twenty20s, and losing by 70 runs. But eventually West Indies were knocked out of contention when they were drubbed by Australia at Beausejour Cricket Grounds in St Lucia. He had a forgettable match in front of his home crowd, but overall, Sammy had had a good series. He ended with 51 runs in four innings, the fourth highest aggregate for West Indies, and his 12.75 was the seventh best average. But as a bowler, his six wickets and average of 12. topped the West Indies, and his economy rate of 5.26 runs per over was second. In the second ODI against South Africa at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua-Barbuda, West Indies appeared well on their way to a second consecutive loss. 200–6 in the 41st over, well short of their winning target of 301, Sammy joined Dwayne Bravo at the crease. But six sixes and two fours later, it looked as though West Indies might just win. Sammy had amassed 58 runs, the fifty coming up off just twenty deliveries. It was the fastest fifty ever by a West Indies player, and more importantly, it had brought West Indies within reach of victory.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    In July 2009, there was a pay dispute between the West Indies players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
    More Details Hide Details An understrength squad was picked for the series against Bangladesh. Of the 15 players named, nine were uncapped; Sammy was appointed vice-captain and in the Test seven West Indies players made their debut. The West Indies lost the series 2–0 as Bangladesh secured their first overseas series win. Sammy was the West Indies second-highest wicket-taker in the series with 12 wickets at an average of 17.33. he also scored 90 runs at an average of 22.50. The WICB announced its central contracts in November 2009, and Sammy was included in the 33-man list. He was given a Grade B contract (the second-highest level) worth $80,000. His career-best Man of the Match figures of 4–26 in the third ODI in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines would have been more flattering still had captain Chris Gayle been able to hold on to a catch that would have given the tall St Lucian the distinction of becoming the first West Indian to take a five-fer in every form of the game; he had 5–26 off the same opponents in a Twenty20 International earlier in the series. West Indies bowled Zimbabwe for 104, having made 245.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    When the West Indies toured India in January 2007 Sammy was included in the squad, with a chance to make his Test debut.
    More Details Hide Details However, shortly before the team departed, he suffered an injury that ruled him out of the tour. After that set-back, Sammy travelled to England in April and May where he played in the Central Lancashire League ahead of the West Indies' tour of the country in May. He was selected in the touring squad. This time, the team won the NatWest limited overs series. And the 23-year-old St Lucian won his first Test cap in the third Test match at Old Trafford on 7 June. He claimed his first Test wicket when he dismissed Alastair Cook caught by Dwayne Bravo, but his first innings was unremarkable save for his economy, giving up just 1.88 runs per over off 17 completed overs. In the second innings, though, Sammy caught England captain Michael Vaughan off his own bowling, with the England score 99/2. In his 17th over, he had Ian Bell caught behind by Ramdin. Next ball he had Matt Prior by the same route. A couple of balls later, on the same score he dismissed Liam Plunkett, caught by Bravo. Five wickets gone, four to Sammy, three in five balls. He continued his excellent debut, capturing the wickets of Steve Harmison and Monty Panesar, before snagging Paul Collingwood to end with seven wickets for 66 runs. His bowling figures were the best at Old Trafford since Malcolm Marshall's 7/22 in 1988, and the best by any West Indian on debut since Alf Valentine took 8/102 in 1950.
  • 2004
    Age 20
    On making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St. Lucia to play international cricket.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later he made his Test debut against England, taking 7/66 which were the best bowling figures for a West Indian in his first Test since Alf Valentine in 1950. Sammy was appointed West Indies captain in October 2010. He scored his maiden Test century in May 2012 during a match against England. Sammy is the only captain to have won World T20 twice.
  • 2003
    Age 19
    Counting in favour of his selection was Sammy's experience of English conditions: in 2003 he played for Barnes Cricket Club in the Middlesex Premier Cricket League.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently earned his first West Indies cap in odd circumstances. Due to heavy rain the West Indies' match against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl was abandoned without a ball being bowled. But the captains had already completed the toss, and the fixture counts in ICC records as Sammy's first match. In September, Sammy was recalled to the senior team in place of 22-year-old Jamaican fast bowler Jermaine Lawson who withdrew from the Champions Trophy squad with a stress fracture of the lower back. Sammy, at the age of 20, became the first international cricketer to emerge from St Lucia. For his actual playing debut, back at the Rose Bowl, Sammy took 1 wicket for 19 runs (1/19) off six overs and held on to three catches as West Indies beat Bangladesh by 138 runs. It was the only match Sammy played in the tournament. The West Indies went on to win the trophy, beating England in the final.
    On 31 January 2003, Sammy made his first-class debut for the Windward Islands against Barbados in the 2002/03 Carib Beer Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Batting at number seven, he scored no runs before being dismissed by spin bowler Sulieman Benn in the first innings, but fared better in the second, scoring 25 and falling to Benn again. Sammy bowled six overs in the match without taking a wicket. He played one further match in that season's cup, again succumbing for a duck in the first innings and failing to take a wicket. In the second innings he recorded his maiden first-class half-century, scoring 53 runs from 70 balls before he was dismissed by spin bowler Mahendra Nagamootoo. At the start of the 2003 season in England, Sammy joined the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Young Cricketers. Whilst still a member of the Young Cricketers, Sammy was called to the West Indies to join the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI against England in a warm-up match.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    Upon his return from New Zealand, Sammy was picked to attend the Shell Cricket Academy at St. George's University in Grenada in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The scheme aimed to help what were considered the Caribbean's "brightest cricketing prospects" develop skills to help them professionally, including areas such as money management to complement their cricketing ability. Other notable players in that classjust a handful would go on to play senior cricket for West Indiesincluded Dwayne Smith, Narsingh Deonarine, Carlton Baugh, Daren Powell, and Omari Banks.
    Sammy was a member of the West Indies team to the 2002 Under-19 World Cup, which was held that year in New Zealand; he made 22 runs and took three wickets.
    More Details Hide Details Other members of that team, which lost to Australia in the semi-final, included Dwayne Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Ravi Rampaul, Shane Shillingford, Lendl Simmons, and Gavin Tonge all of whom went on to play for the West Indies senior team.
  • 2001
    Age 17
    On 2 October 2001 Darren Sammy made his List A debut at the age of 17.
    More Details Hide Details Playing in the Red Stripe Bowl for the Northern Windward Islands against Jamaica he bowled nine overs without taking a wicket and scored 25 runs before he was run out as his team slid to defeat. Playing three matches Sammy was his team's second-highest run-scorer with 90 runs, and took one wicket.
  • 1983
    Born on December 20, 1983.
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