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ICC reprimands West Indies players for World T20 outburst

ICC reprimands West Indies players for World T20 outburst
West Indies players criticised the WICB after their emphatic World T20 victory.
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The West Indies players received a reprimand from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their behaviour and comments made after their victory in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

After winning the World T20 in a dramatic fashion West Indies skipper Darren Sammy used the opportunity during the post-match presentation to criticise the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Sammy spoke at length and conveyed his anguish at the treatment meted to the players by the WICB and revealed that there was no congratulatory message from the board even after winning the trophy.

These comments were aimed at the WICB in the aftermath of a long-standing contract dispute which flared up prior to the tournament.

Apart from the comments made by Sammy, the behaviour of Marlon Samuels was highly criticised and the all-rounder was fined by the ICC for his altercation with England’s Ben Stokes in the final game.

Samuels delivered a man of the match performance in the final, but his over the top celebrations after the victory, coupled with his behavior at the post-match press conference earned the ire of the ICC.

In the aftermath of the final, the WICB president Dave Cameron issued a formal apology on behalf of the West Indies cricketers and further stated that he will launch an enquiry into the matter.

In a media release, the ICC expressed that the behaviour of a few of the West Indies players was unacceptable and brought the entire event into disrepute.

Though the ICC has acknowledged the apology from the WICB, it also confirmed that they were considering imposing sanctions against the players for their behaviour.

“The Board considered the behaviour of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final, and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute," said the media release.

“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 Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players and emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC Events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe.”

The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar also stressed on the importance of being graceful in victory and defeat and said, “The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, one’s opponents, the sponsors and the fans.”

The ICC also congratulated the WICB for winning the Under-19 Cricket World Cup and the Men’s and the Women’s World T20 titles.

“The Board congratulated the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for completing an unprecedented treble by winning the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 as well as women’s and men’s titles at the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016.”

Sammy’s comments about the WICB were supported by former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, who also went on to term the board as the most unprofessional in the world.

© Cricket World 2016