In the face of the controversy surrounding St Lucia Zouks’ fast bowler Tino Best after a reported altercation between him and Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard, Best says he is focused on his cricket.
Last Thursday after the Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and the Zouks, Best reportedly returned to the players’ hotel, Hilton Barbados, where there was an exchange between the Barbadian cricketer and Pollard. Pollard and Best are alleged to have engaged in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical confrontation.
However, speaking exclusively to Barbados TODAY this morning at the Grantley Adams International Airport as he prepared to fly out to
St Lucia for that leg of the CPL tournament, Best said he had moved on from the incident and was fully concentrated on bowling fast, taking wickets and winning matches. Not wanting to speak specifically on the alleged incident Best noted that the rumours circulating were not gospel.
Furthermore, he stressed he was disappointed that Barbadians could be so “gullible” and took pleasure out of the said rumours rather than to support him – one
of their own. Suggestions coming from sources at the Hilton and via social media are that Best was beaten after arming himself with a piece of wood.
“We in Barbados we take things and run with them, we don’t know the story, we are a malicious people and we always like to hear things and believe that they are gospel. Look how the Jamaicans does stand up for each other, St Lucians stand up for each other. From the time that Barbadians get an opportunity to grind you, they will go ahead. We support everybody that isn’t a Barbadian and that is the problem, we need to support we own.”
Nevertheless, the aggressive right-arm bowler said this lack of support from Barbadians would not cause him to give up on his dreams to be successful. In fact, he said they don’t even faze him since he was accustomed to Barbadians criticizing his every move. And he believes that the more he continues to achieve in life, the more people will hate him.
“I come from a poor family in Richmond Gap, I live in Haynesville in a Government house. When I started playing cricket people would always criticise me, ‘Tino Best he this or he that’. I don’t care, I was poor just like everybody else and I use my talents to get what I have and now I got things people are still going to criticise and be happy when rumours are spread about me,” the 32-year-old lamented.
“God gives us all a talent to go out there and pursue anything we dream of. I pursued cricket, cricket has done very good for me and my close family. People would see you living a certain way in life and they don’t like it. The first thing people would say in Barbados is: ‘Oh, he lucky he playing cricket’. I never hear nobody say: ‘He work real hard for what he got’. And then they want to call me arrogant but what is arrogance? Because you build a nice house or you have a nice car. I am very good-looking, I always attract beautiful women. Is that being arrogant? Seriously? If somebody is confident and they love themselves, they are being arrogant.
“I am a very confident person and I will never change. I will always be confident. I will always stand up to anybody that is bashing me and I am not a person who will suck up to people. If in life people say I have a bad attitude, I’m a bad person, let them get to know me. People that know me love me and are the majority, those who don’t like me are in the minority. Once you are in the public’s eye, believe in yourself and are always confident, people are not going to like you because we as Barbadians find it easier to critise.
“Me, I don’t mind people saying anything negative about me. Not that I comparing myself to Jesus Christ, but Jesus Christ had love in his heart and they crucified him, they chose a murderer and a rapist over a man that come with love in his heart, so who is me? I don’t have anything that nobody else don’t have or never work hard in them life for but because I am Tino Best and I play my cricket hard . . . .”
Best was of the opinion that if he were not a cricketer or in the limelight, no one would care what he was involved in and he was adamant that as long as his family loved him and his son respected him he would be happy.
“. . . My pot don’t stir at nobody, it does stir at me. I don’t care what people think about me, I don’t care what they say about me, I don’t lose any sleep over them. I know the truth, my family know the truth and I done with that. They don’t faze me, I got God and at least I had the [testicular fortitude] determination and will power to pursue my dreams.
“My dream was to play international cricket and be a professional cricketer. I did that so it means I am a winner, I am a success story. As long as I can play the game and enjoy it I will be cool. I am a very loved individual. Half the world going love you, the other half going hate you. So who cares? I don’t care,” he added.