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WICB President full of praise for World T20 organisers

WICB President full of praise for World T20 organisers
West Indies captain Darren Sammy (third left) receives the trophy from Zaheer Abbas (right), President of ICC, after they won the final.
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President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has praised the organisers of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament which was won by the West Indies on Sunday in Kolkata.

Both the West Indies Men’s and Women’s teams won their respective World T20 tournaments to make it a haul of three ICC titles in the year for the country following the Under-19 team’s win in the 50-over World Cup earlier this year.

In a WICB press release, Cameron said, “(The) tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world, came out in full support of cricket.”

The release also stated that Cameron wanted to apologise for the comments made by West Indies captain Darren Sammy at the post-match presentation and will launch an inquiry into the issue.

An emotional Sammy said in the post-match presentation that the players felt disrespected by the board prior to the start of the tournament when there was a dispute over contracts.

The WICB release also disclosed that the board will host its annual review with the players, selectors, the West Indies Players’ Association and the technical team in May.

Cameron further elaborated that the board wants to find a common solution to accommodate the best players in the West Indies in the national team.

“There are players who are currently committed to playing in the T20 cricket leagues around the world and we are aware of that schedule, hence the plan to meet at that time.

“We want to see how we can find common ground in ensuring that the best players in the region are available for selection for West Indies teams.

“We are fully aware of the financial rewards on offer in the lucrative international T20 leagues, but we believe deeply in the importance of cricket to the people of the region and of West Indies cricket’s place in world cricket.

“It is therefore a priority to have all of our players competing and available for selection.

“We will also engage the ICC on this so that we protect not only the rich heritage and legacy of West Indies Cricket, but also its future.”

For winning the ICC World T20 title for a second time, the Men’s team will share a $1.6 million cash prize while the Women’s team will take home a prize money of $100,000.

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