The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has come in for more criticism from another member of the touring regional side in India.
It comes once again from all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who has told the media in India that West Indies cricket was currently under the wrong management.
Adding to criticisms levelled at the board by his captain Darren Sammy, Bravo said the Board of Control for Cricket in India was even doing more for the West Indies cricketers than the WICB. And he placed the blame squarely on the hierarchy of regional cricket administration.
“The country’s cricket is not in [the] right hands. We have not got a telephone call from any of the WICB officials or directors. That’s not a good thing. We know that they did not want or believe that we could win this tournament. It was basically us against them. Even the BCCI does more for us,” Bravo said.
The dynamic all-rounder also questioned why players like himself, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell were being kept out of the West Indies One Day International side.
“If we look at the calendar, we don’t have anymore T20 matches this year. We are not picked for the ODIs. There’s a series that’s going to happen with South Africa but we will be playing in England (Natwest Blast) whereas we should have been playing for
the West Indies.
“Look at the love we get over here. Even the BCCI does more for us than our board.
“But it’s nice that the CARICOM people are coming together. Cricket is a way that unites people in the Caribbean,” Bravo said.
Following West Indies’ capture of the coveted ICC Twenty20 World Cup yesterday, Sammy had criticized the WICB for what he called the disrespect it had shown to the players.
Sammy said while the players had been receiving words of encouragment from CARICOM heads, inclusive of Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell who he specified, the St Lucian all-rounder said no such communication had been forthcoming from the WICB.
Sammy also spoke of a situation where team manager Rawl Lewis had to personally work to get them into properly printed uniforms. He spoke of the “hell” coach Phil Simmons had to go through just because he said he wanted the IPL stars back for the longer formats too.
In a tweet following Sammy’s criticism, president of the WICB Dave Cameron responded: “When is the last time a critic paid one of your bills? Always remember that when you start to give them your energy.” In a subsequent official statement, the WICB said it would enquire as to the reasons for Sammy’s comments and have the matter addressed.
An Independent Review Panel of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Sub-Committee on Cricket Governance has already recommended that the WICB be disbanded and an interim committee installed to run the affairs of cricket in the region. This has been staunchly resisted by the board.
But while Bravo and Sammy have complained about the lack of support shown to the team from the WICB, the squad has come in for lavish praise from cricketers and commentators from several other countries.
Hailing the West Indies as “true champions” for winning their second ICC World T20 title, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today said that the WICB should support the players and address their concerns.
“West Indies players emerged true champions, overcoming challenges on and off the field. West Indian Board should support them and address their concerns,” Tendulkar wrote on his official Twitter handle.
“WI all the way!! True champions, be it U19s, women’s or men’s championship! Super stuff by team WI! Brathwaite was breathtaking! #WT20Final,” the Indian icon said in another tweet after the West Indies clinched the World T20 title for a second time by beating England by four wickets.
Pakistan captain at the tournament, Shahid Afridi tweeted: “Brilliant is the word. . .Super performance WI…Well done Eng.. Overall Cricket is the Winner!!! A fairytale ending.”
India batsman Yuvraj Singh also tweeted: “Unbelievable game! Brathwaite, you beauty, congratulations, West Indies World Champions! Feel bad for Stokes, England, outstanding throughout.”
Kieron Pollard: “Clean sweep. . .Congrats to the West Indies. Big innings, Marlon, big game, Carlos, well, well deserved, they can say what they want now.”
Indian Player of the Tournament, Virat Kohli, stated: “Congratulations. Unbelievable victory. Well played.” Retired Indian batsman VVS Laxman tweeted: “Congrats on winning the WT20. Great knock from Samuels under pressure and four amazing 6s from Brathwaite.”
Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle described the victory as the “most dramatic end to a world event you will ever see.” Former England international Tim Bresnan tweeted: “No nerves makes winners” and Indian commentator Aakash Chopra said: “Hold your breath. . .here comes Brathwaite. Four sixes under immense pressure. Take a bow.”
The players also came in for high praise from the West Indies Players Association with president Wavell Hinds stating that regional cricket was in a good place.
“West Indies cricket looks to be in a good place after we have captured ICC Under-19 World Cup, Women and Men’s World T20 titles. Congratulations again to the West Indies Men’s team and I am sure the entire Caribbean and the diaspora are feeling very proud of these achievements.
“Our ladies demonstrated what hard work and dedication can achieve. They have made everyone in the Caribbean and all their fans extremely proud. They are deserving champions. Congratulations ladies, the management and the support staff!” (WG)