The World T20 2016 final was nothing short of a fairy tale as the West Indians won the game in an unbelievable manner. The West Indies outfit had literally nothing to lose, as negativity and pessimism had engulfed their team much before the World T20 commenced. Their own cricket board, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) did not support the players and didn’t do one bit in order to restore the faith of the fans.
After the men from the Caribbean won their second World T20 crown, an emotional Darren Sammy spoke his heart out in the presentation. Sammy didn’t spare any words and was in absolutely no mood to go soft on the West Indies Cricket Board. Sammy said that his entire side was let down by the board and it was just the team members, who kept one another motivated in such a derelict situation.
However, hours after Sammy’s statement, the West Indies Cricket Board stepped up and issued a statement where they criticized the words of Darren Sammy. The board also apologized for Sammy’s words in the presentation and distanced itself from the West Indies T20 captain. “The President would like to, however, apologize 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,” the statement said.
A member of the WICB also said that once the IPL was over, there would be a meeting held between the players and the board to hold negotiations. “There are players who are currently committed to playing in the T20 cricket leagues around the world and we are aware of that schedule, hence the plan to meet at that time,” the source was quoted as saying in the WICB statement. “We want to see how we can find common ground in ensuring that the best players in the region are available for selection for West Indies teams.”
“We are fully aware of the financial rewards on offer in the lucrative international T20 leagues, but we believe deeply in the importance of cricket to the people of the region and of West Indies cricket’s place in world cricket. “It is, therefore, a priority to have all of our players competing and available for selection. We will also engage the ICC on this so that we protect not only the rich heritage and legacy of West Indies Cricket, but also its future,” the statement concluded.