After skipper Darren Sammy, it was the turn of premier all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to launch a tirade on his country’s cricket board stating that “even BCCI does more” for them. “The country’s cricket is not in right hands. We have not got a telephone call from any of the WICB officials or directors. That’s not a good thing. We know that they didn’t want or believe that we could win this tournament. It was basically us against them. Even the BCCI does more for us,” Bravo told the “Star Sports” in a post-final interview.
He also questioned as to how players like him, Gayle and Russell are being kept out of the West Indies ODI side.
“If we look at the calendar, we don’t have anymore T20 matches this year. We are not picked for the ODIs. There’s a series that’s going to happen with South Africa but we will be playing in England (Natwest Blast) whereas we should have been playing for the West Indies. Look at the love we get over here. Even the BCCI does more for us than our board,” said Bravo.
“But it’s nice that the CARICOM people are coming together. Cricket is a way that unites people in the Caribbean,” concluded Bravo.
Victorious West Indies captain Darren Sammy today said that it was the “disrespect” from their own cricket board (WICB) that made them all the more determined to win the ICC World T20 for the second time.
“We needed silverware in the Caribbean in 2012 and yes nobody gave us a chance back then. This one with all that happened before the tournament the disrespect from journalists and from our own cricket board that was out of order. The only way we could make a statement is by winning this tournament,” Sammy said at the post-match press conference.
“When you see those 15 men out there play now, that’s what we could talk about. It is solely dedicated to the people and fans all over the world,” said Sammy.
Sammy also spoke about how U-19 boys have won the World Cup in Bangladesh.
“I would like to thank the Almighty as it would not have been possible with His blessings. It means a lot not only for us as a team but for our fans all over the world. We started the tournament inspired by U-19 boys. Earlier this afternoon the women won the Cup. All those are motivation to complete a treble. This means a lot for the cricket in the region.”
“We left the Caribbean with a six-step goal for the Cup.
Brathwaite in his debut World T20 has shown what a player he is. Marlon again in a final speaks volumes. All the guys chipped in. For me , as a leader, it was a joy to captain.
Carlos (Brathwaite) in his debut World T20 has shown what a player he is. Marlon again in a final speaks volumes. All the guys chipped in. For me, as a leader, it was a joy to captain.
For me, it was about handling the egos and get the right decision. People may say I didn’t bat much but my job was to get the best out of the team,” Sammy explained his role.
Sammy agreed that West Indies get a lot of flak because of the dipping performance of the Test squad but felt that this win could act as an inspiration.
“We keep getting a lot of stick because the way we play Tests. T20 and Tests are totally different. This is the fact that allows us to win. We have a young captain in Jason (Holder), who is improving all the time. Hope this will could inspire our Test cricketers.”