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WICB President praises organisers, chastises Sammy

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Cameron

ST JOHN'S, Antigua:

In a press release after yesterday's final, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron had high praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI (host organisation) for a most memorable 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Cameron said he thought that the "tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world came out in full support of cricket".

Obviously overjoyed that the West Indies teams took the double, Cameron noted that the tournament was "an all-round success".

INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS

The release further stated: "The President 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 apologise on behalf of the WICB to the millions of fans who witnessed.

"The president has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed."

The release added: "Coming up in May this year, the board will host its annual review (retreat) with the players, WIPA, selectors and the technical team to review player, management and technical plans. This will be done after the Indian Premier League.

The president said further: "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.

"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."