New Delhi, Apr. 4: Following the smashing victory by the West Indies in the World Twenty20 in the Men’s, Women’s and the under 19 sections, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar call on the West Indies Cricket Board to supports its team and address their concerns. “WI players emerged true champions overcoming challenges on & off the field. West Indian Board should support them & address their concerns,” Sachin tweeted after the match.
West Indies pulled off a sensational run-chase as they thumped England by four wickets in front of an electric crowd at the Eden Gardens to become the first team to lift the World Twenty20 title twice. Post the nail biting victory, an emotional Darren Sammy slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) branding their attitude as ‘disappointing’. (Also Read: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Darren Sammy slams West Indies Cricket board during emotionally charged post-match speech)
“People were wondering whether we would play this tournament, we had issues with the board, Mark Nicholas called us ‘players with no brain’. But all of us came together, these 15 men put adversity aside and played this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It was tremendous. I want to thank the coaching team, Phil Simmons,” Sammy said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Echoing similar sentiments, Dwayne Bravo said that he along with some other players were being shunned from the 50 over squad by the Board and that the country’s cricket is ‘not in right hands’. “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,” Bravo told Star Sports post the match.
West Indies cricket has been swarmed with controversies which ranged from politics to bankruptcy and it has often affected the team’s tours and series. However, the country’s performance in the WorldT20 format across all charts is bound to mark a strong difference to the state of cricket in the nation.