ST JOHN’S –– Former West Indies captain Vivian Richards has chided the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its recent criticism of the regional team, insisting there are far more important things to focus on.
The ICC was highly critical of the regional team for its celebrations after claiming the ICC World Twenty20 Championship last month. In a press release issued earlier this week the body claimed it gave “very serious consideration” to charging the West Indies for “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” comments that “brought the event into disrepute”.
The West Indies captain Darren Sammy had pointed to issues with the board in his post-game interview session, while Marlon Samuels had been critical of commentator Shane Warne. The WICB apologised for the behaviour of the players.
“The board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behaviour had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final,” the ICC statement read.
However, Richards seemed to believe too much had been made of the incidents.
“When you look around the world in terms of the governance of the ICC, there are rules for some and not others,” Richards told the Antigua Observer.
“I am only trying to hit back because of what they are trying to do because of Sammy’s comments. They are trying to be a body that if you say this, it’s out of order, then you are going to be this and you are going to be that,” he said.