ST JOHN’S, Antigua, April 3, 2016 – West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron has apologised for what he deemed inappropriate comments by Twenty20 (T20) captain Darren Sammy following a four-wicket win over England in the final of the ICC World T20 Tournament in India on Sunday.
Sammy, in his post-match interview, thanked CARICOM leaders particularly Prime Minister Mitchell for an “inspiring email” to the team ahead of the final against England.
“I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM, throughout this tournament they have been supporting the team, we’ve got emails, we’ve got phone calls, Prime Minister [Keith] Mitchell [from Grenada]. He sent a very inspiring email for the team this morning … and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing,” he said.
However, Cameron said the WICB will investigate the reasons for Sammy’s comments.
“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,” according to a WICB statement.
The WICB plans to bring stakeholders together at its annual retreat in May for a review of player, management and technical plans.
“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.
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,” said Cameron.
“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.”
Cameron also praised the ICC and the BCCI for the hosting of the 2016 tournament.
West Indies completed a double on Sunday with the women securing their first global title by beating Australia by eight wickets in the final.