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Windies board slams Sammy’s post-win comment

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LONDON: The West Indies Cricket Board publicly reprimanded captain Darren Sammy by apologising for his outspoken attack on Caribbean administrators after he led the team to victory over England in Sunday’s World Twenty20 final in Kolkata.

Sammy, in a reference to the lengthy and bitter pay dispute between players and officials that had put the West Indies’ World Twenty20 participation in doubt, used a post-match interview following the four-wicket win at Eden Gardens to say his team felt “disrespected by our board”.

He added: “Mark Nicholas (the English commentator and former Hampshire captain) described us as a team with no brains. All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.

“We had a new manager in Rawle Lewis, who has never managed a team before. We had no uniforms, no printing,” said Sammy after Carlos Brathwaite struck four straight sixes in the last over to see the West Indies to a second World Twenty20 title after their 2012 success.
“The trouble he went through to just get us in this uniform. I got to give credit to entire team here.

“It was us in our own little circle and we dedicate this win to all fans in Caribbean.”

Several hours later, in a statement curiously headlined “WICB President had high praises for World Twenty20 Organisers,” the sting came lower down.

“The President (Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron) would like to however apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy in a post-match interview and would like to apologize on behalf of the WICB, to the millions of fans who witnessed (sic).

“The President has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.”

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