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CRICKET: WICB reprimands Darren Sammy

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 2:14 PM
West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy poses with the ICC World Twenty20 2016 champion's trophy during a photo shoot at the Victoria Memorial, a heritage city landmark in Kolkata, India today.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has publicly reprimanded captain Darren Sammy after his criticism of the regional entity in the wake of his side’s victory over England in the ICC World T20 final in India yesterday.

In his post-match interview, Sammy said his team felt disrespected by the board, referring to the lengthy pay dispute that had put their participation in the tournament in jeopardy. 

However, in a statement, the WICB apologised for what it said could be deemed as inappropriate comments by the Windies T20 captain.

WICB President Dave Cameron also took to Twitter in an apparent response to Sammy.

"When is the last time a critic paid one of your bills?", Cameron posted. 

In the meantime, the WICB says it will investigate the reason for Sammy's comments and will have the matter addressed very soon.

The WICB also says it will meet with the Windies players after this year’s Indian Premier League, in which many of the region's World T20 winners are due to play.

The WICB says the aim is to seek common ground and ensure the stars are more regularly available for international games. 

Meanwhile, the Windies players will share the entire US$1.6-million prize money for winning the men’s World Twenty20 title as well as a portion of sponsorship revenue.