Bravo comes out in support of Sammy's comments
Having led his team to a second World T20 title, Sammy went on to criticize the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and stated that the players did not hear from the board despite the victory.
Reacting to Sammy’s comments, the WICB President, Dave Cameron stated that he will launch an enquiry into the incident and also apologised to the viewers on behalf of the T20I captain.
However, Bravo came out in support of Sammy and said that the WICB questioned the commitment of the players and further added that it was the “most unprofessional board in the world”.
“No, I was not surprised (by Sammy’s comments). We had enough as players,” Bravo told the television station.
“Too much times people come down on the players.
“They questioned our commitment, they questioned whether we were really committed to West Indies cricket or is it just the money.
“A lot of people don’t understand the things we go through as players dealing with our board.
“It is the most unprofessional board in the world to me.”
Bravo further added that the entire West Indies team is in support of Sammy and also said that it was time to put an end to the actions of the WICB.
“Sammy spoke from his heart,” added Bravo.
“There is nothing wrong with Sammy’s speech and I support Darren Sammy 100%.
“The entire team supports him and it’s a matter of us as players feeling hurt and the time has come where we can’t take it anymore and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have West Indies cricket’s interest at heart.”
Bravo was at the centre of the controversy in 2014 when the West Indies team pulled out of the India tour midway, after which he has not taken part in a single One-Day International.
Urging the people in the Caribbean to understand the plight of the players, Bravo revealed that the WICB refused to listen to the views of the players.
Reasoning that it was difficult to perform when the board itself was not backing the team, Bravo mentioned that Sammy’s speech was straight from the heart.
“The board refused to listen to what we have to say.
“It reached a point where we can’t take it no more and that itself encouraged us to go out there and win despite all the challenges we have.
“Even our own board did not think we were going to win the tournament.
“We are yet to hear from the president, yet to hear from the CEO, yet to hear from the director of cricket.
“I mean how can you represent the region, and the people who are supposed to be your bosses and in charge of you don’t even wish you well, don’t even support you.
“So I was not surprised at Sammy’s speech because he spoke from his heart.
“And it’s something that the Caribbean people need to understand, we’re not happy with the way how our cricket is being run.”
Following the win of West Indies in the ICC World T20, Cameron had tweeted from his personal handle stating, “When is the last time a critic paid one your bills? Always remember that when you start to give them your energy.”
Reacting to this tweet from the President of the WICB, Bravo cited Cameron’s tweet in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and said that such behaviour was not surprising.
The 32-year-old also went on to disclose that Cameron was in India during the recently concluded World T20 and also said that he never visited the team even once during the tournament.
“I’m not surprised by the president’s tweet, to be honest, because it is expected of him.
“He is someone very immature.
“Two years ago when we had the problems on the India tour, [Kieron] Pollard and myself had been blatantly victimised for whatever reason.
“That is their way of dealing with situations.
“They are very small-minded people, especially the president as I said before.
“There is nothing much he can do again.”
“That tweet from the president was [during] the 50-over World Cup when Chris Gayle was struggling in the first couple of games.
“The president sent out a tweet: ‘It is time for Chris Gayle to buy some runs.’
“It is like a personal war against his own people, his own players.
“The president was in India [during the World T20] and he is yet to come to the team to say congratulations or well done guys or anything like that.”
Despite the wins in 2016 for the Under-19 team, the men’s and the women’s teams, Bravo is not seeing any quick resolution to the dispute with the WICB.
Instead, Bravo feels that things may take a turn for the worse as the board has a history of reacting to such situations with a vendetta against the players.
“Our cricket has gone to the lowest. Yes, we won the World Cup, the women won the World Cup.
“Also the Under-19s won the World Cup.
“But that doesn’t mean to say our cricket is in good hands. It is not.
“We definitely need help and the board needs to answer for some of the things that have been going on.
“It is tough times and I could only see getting worse because the board is going to retaliate with hate and anger, and they don’t think as adults and mature people with common sense.
“They always try to react with some kind of victimisation or trying to do something to victimise the players or take action against players.”
West Indies’ next international assignment will be the tri-nation series at home against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in June.
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