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Windies captain Sammy: Thank God, the fans and Caricom… but not the WICB

The following is a transcript of West Indies captain Darren Sammy’s post-game comments, transcribed by ESPNCricInfo, after he led his team to a four wicket win over England in the 2016 World Twenty20 Cup in India:

Photo: West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy makes a point.
Photo: West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy makes a point.

I want to thank the Almighty, because without him nothing is possible. We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher, he keeps on praying. We are a praying team.

I’m really happy for this win and it’s something we are going to cherish for a long time.

I’ve said we have 15 match winners. Nobody gave us a chance but every game somebody stepped up and took responsibility. To see Carlos (Brathwaite) play like that in his debut World Cup, it’s just tremendous.

It shows the depth we have in the Caribbean in T20 cricket and hopefully with the right structure and development our cricket will continue to improve in one-day and Test cricket.

We started this journey… We all know we had… People were wondering whether we would play this tournament.

We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas described our team as a team with no brains. All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.

Photo: West Indies bowler Carlos Brathwaite (second from left) celebrates with captain Darren Sammy (top) and Chris Gayle after the wicket of England's Jos Buttler (far right) during the World T20 cricket tournament final match at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on 3 April 2016. Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 title. (Copyright AFP2016/Dibyangshu Sarkar)
Photo: West Indies bowler Carlos Brathwaite (second from left) celebrates with captain Darren Sammy (top) and Chris Gayle after the wicket of England’s Jos Buttler (far right) during the World T20 cricket tournament final match at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on 3 April 2016.
Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 title.
(Copyright AFP2016/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

I really want to thank these 15 men; the ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It’s just tremendous.

I personally also want to thank the coaching staff, coach Phil (Simmons). He’s been through a lot. And to come here and the way he’s coached the team. He’s just brilliant.

All the other coaching staff, who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawle Lewis. He had never managed any team before.

He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printed… He left Dubai, went to Kolkata, that’s where he started. The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform…

I got to give credit to the entire team here. It was us in our own little circle, this win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.

Photo: West Indies and Jamaica all-rounder Marlon Samuels plays a shot during the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on 3 April 2016. Samuels was the man of the match as West Indies won by four wickets. (Copyright AFP2016/Dibyangshu Sarkar)
Photo: West Indies and Jamaica all-rounder Marlon Samuels plays a shot during the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on 3 April 2016.
Samuels was the man of the match as West Indies won by four wickets.
(Copyright AFP2016/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Lastly, I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM. Throughout this tournament, they have been supporting the team.

We’ve got emails, we’ve got phone calls. (Grenada) Prime Minister (Keith) Mitchell. He sent a very inspiring email for the team this morning… And I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.

For today, I’m going to celebrate with these 15 men and coaching staff. I don’t know when I’m going to be playing with these guys again because we don’t get selected for one-day cricket.

We don’t know when we’re going to be playing T20. So this win, I want to thank you my team, I want to thank you coaching staff …

Everybody know West Indies are champion!

Photo: West Indies cricket players (from left) Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell celebrate their World T20 cricket tournament final win over England at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on 3 April 2016. Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 title. (Copyright AFP2016/Dibyangshu Sarkar)
Photo: West Indies cricket players (from left) Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell celebrate their World T20 cricket tournament final win over England at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on 3 April 2016.
Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 title.
(Copyright AFP2016/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Editor’s Note: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron tweeted, after the West Indies’ victory at 4 pm on 3 April 2016: “When is the last time a critic paid one of your bills? Always remember that when you start to give them your energy.”

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  1. The truth hurts but somebody’s got to say it…

  2. When will we ever celebrate this kind of glory again? Sammy’s words were prophetic indeed!

  3. So Antigua preparing for test match vs India despite no official word from WICB – in the same week that both their minister of sport & PM publicly state they oppose CARICOM dissolving of WICB….

    http://antiguaobserver.com/antigua-prepares-for-india-test-despite-no-official-word-from-wicb/

    • what makes it further suspicious is the fact that in the last couple years under Dave idiot – WICB has been making territory boards & governments joint bid to host matches

      Remember last year TTCB was fighting to host a test on ENG & AUS tours and got none because of this

      That’s why I asked Newsday paper to go to Jamaica test vs Australia because no tests came to TT

      So how antigua MOS talking about he getting tests based on verbal info smh

      http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2015-03-31/wicb-blanks-tt

    • http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,226580.html

      World T20 champs ineligible for one-dayers
      By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Saturday, April 16 2016

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      The lingering high which still resonates throughout the Caribbean atmosphere following the West Indies’ recent historic ICC World Twenty20 victory in India may soon be long forgotten as diehard fans of the boys in maroon will not feature at least seven of them for the upcoming tri-nation One-Day International Series against South Africa and Australia in June.

      With the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) recent change in its selection policy which states that players must compete on the domestic circuit (50 Over/Four- Day) in order to affirm places on the regional team for international competition, several key and trophy- winning players have automatically been excluded. Among them are the likes of World T20 championship skipper Darren Sammy, the in-form Dwayne Bravo, hard-hitting batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree. All except Samuels were unavailable for the Nagico Super50 after taking up contracts for the Australian Big Bash which clashed with the regional one-day tournament.

      With the tri-nation series just around the bend and the regional team still being celebrated for their t20 success, many fans were hoping for the WICB to soften its stance so the T20 stars could compete.

      Their hopes were dashed, however, by WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus who seems to be playing hard ball.

      “We got a selection policy and it stands. The selection policy is pretty straightforward,” WICB director of cricket Richard Pybus told WEEKENDSPORT in an interview recently.

      Speaking with former WI cricketer, Bryan Davis, he openly differed with the Board’s policy. The now local cricket administrator also called for selectors to alter such an approach, which he believes is hampering the growth of regional cricket as a whole.

      “I don’t agree with the policy because I think we should pick our best team at all times,” said Davis off the bat. “I don’t agree with the policy where you have to play a certain number of games to be available for selection. To me that’s a bit of an archaic rule. I can’t see the reason behind it. I think one of the reasons the West Indian stars are required to play in the local domestic leagues means it will improve our club cricket and so on.

      But, if we are trying to encourage them by doing that, and they are still not coming, how is this strategy improving the cricket anyway? I think we are spinning like a top in mud.” Davis questioned whether a player who plies his career professionally at the highest levels of the game, should give up a healthy payout from his job and settle for less money by competing on the local circuit.

      “I think the policy should be changed because I don’t agree that we, the West Indies, have a team to pick to play in world competition and we are not picking our best team because of our own restrictions on players. My idea is that your best team should represent the region at all times, regardless if they have played some other cricket.

      Once a man is fit, he should play. If he has contracts elsewhere, it shows you just how good he is.

      If you can compensate him that money and say that you want him to come and play in this cricket (domestic), then okay. But you will never be able to compensate them the money that people pay them elsewhere, so why should the region suffer because of that?” added Davis.

      In countries like South Africa, and other major cricketing nations, restrictions such as these are non-existent.

      “He (cricketer) is not suffering because he is getting his money and he playing because that’s his job and career. I can’t see any reason whatsoever to blame the player.

      I see no reason why you must tell a player that he has to take less money and lose finance to come and play in the local series. For what reason? I can’t see any whatsoever.

      I believe that any time there are selecting players to a West Indies team, and they are available, nothing except fitness should stop them from being selected for that team,” Davis concluded.

    • http://m.guardian.co.tt/sport/2016-04-15/now-wicb-wants-governments-support

      Look lies you know who writing again saying players wanted to pull out World Cup Mark Pouchet Stephon Nicholas smh

  4. But at least Ambrose is seeing the light

    CRICKET-WINDIES-Tweaks needed for eligibility rule: Ambrose
    by STAFF WRITER
    April 15, 2016 Full Sports No Comments 50 views
    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr 15, CMC – Legendary former pacer Sir Curtly Ambrose says tweaks need to be made to the controversial eligibility rule, in order to have the best players available for West Indies duty.

    Sir Curtly, who currently serves as a West Indies team bowling consultant, said while he appreciated the objective of the rule, the overall focus should be on ensuring the region always fielded its best XI.

    “I still believe that there are a few guys out there who I believe can play the ODIs and the Test cricket but there is a criteria that you have to play the First Class cricket here in the region to be selected or eligible for Test cricket and you have to also play the regional one day tournament to play for the ODI [team],” the Observer newspaper quoted Sir Curtly as saying on a sports radio show here.

    Sir Curtly Ambrose
    Legendary former fast bowler and West Indies team bowling consultant, Sir Curtly Ambrose.
    “I can understand that because you must have some structure but I still believe that we should be looking to get our best team.

    “I am not saying guys should just walk into the team willy-nilly but if there is a situation where guys are available and we are looking to get our best team, I still believe we should get them in.”

    Currently, the West Indies Cricket Board requires players to make themselves available for the Regional First Class Championship in order to qualify for the Test team. Similarly, players need to play the Regional Super50 if they are to be considered for selection for ODIs.

    However, many of the leading players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine, all ply their trade in Twenty20 tournaments across the globe often conflicting with the scheduling of Caribbean tournaments.

    For instance, the Australian Big Bash clashed with the Regional Super50 last January, and West Indies players opted for the T20 tournament.

    This means, West Indies are likely to have a weakened squad for the upcoming Tri-Series in June, involving South Africa and Australia.

    Sir Curtly, one of the finest fast bowlers the sport has seen, advocated for a better relationship between the players and administrators in order to address the many existing issues.

    “If you have a better relationship or a great relationship, I believe the cricket will get better because guys will go to play cricket feeling relaxed knowing that their business off the field is being taken care of, so all they have to worry about is playing cricket,” the Antiguan said.

    “I honestly believe a better relationship between board and players will change our cricket and make it better.”

    • In a show of goodwill the rule should have been waived and the issue addressed when Cameron meets with the players as he said he would. Not to mention more fans are likely to show up if you have the best players….
      But what happens in other counties re: these clashes? Does big bash for example clash with the Australian domestic one day tournament?

    • Yep Chabeth Haynes big bash and nat west t20 clashes with Australia & England home international season every year & they allow they’d contracted players to play in those tournaments

      Is only these fools at WICB think opposite

      Ha look if by July CARICOM ain’t run out these fools I done with cricket for good – we officially banging our heads against a titanium wall of ignorance

    • Colin Benjamin, that is the best news I’ve heard for quite some time. Lol

    • It’s funny Pybus making those statements when Cameron said this after World Cup though Smfh

    • For immediate release
      Sunday, April 3, 2016

      WICB PRESIDENT HAS HIGH PRAISES FOR WORLD TWENTY20 ORGANISERS
      St. John’s, Antigua – West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President, Dave Cameron has high praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI (host organisation) for a most memorable 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. Cameron thought that the “tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world, came out in full support of cricket.”
      Obviously overjoyed that the West Indies teams took the double, Cameron noted that the tournament was “an all-round success.”
      The President would like to however apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy in a post-match interview and would like to apologize on behalf of the WICB, to the millions of fans who witnessed. The President has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.
      Coming up in May this year, the Board will host its annual review (retreat) with the players, WIPA, selectors and the technical team to review player, management and technical plans. This will be done after the Indian Premier League. The President said further: 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. “

    • Pybus just want to run his mouth apparently

  5. They idiotic WICB intransigence continues as predicted & t20 stars are unavailable for tri series smh

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/80109/t20-stars-stumped

  6. if hinds talking the truth then what do bravo samuels sammy want?

  7. So after ducking the Caribbean & international media for the entire 2015 & a overall 15 months since India Pull out – it’s good to see Hinds give his second interview in 2 months

    However nothing he said there is different to what I’ve heard from players regarding cut & proves that they are not loosing so no way did he hit Samuels for six

    In fact he has a few point that need fact checking by other Windies player who started in late 90s/turn of millennium and by former WIPA head Dina’s himself

  8. I think the region is ready for a Regional consultation geared at a way forward for the management, promotion and growth of Cricket at country and region levels. There should be a sign up period for those who want to participate and meetings held in each country. Committees and Organizers should not include anyone who bears malice for fellow Caribbean citizens, and loves the sport, not necessarily one who has all the statistics and data (I am a passionate supporter). One master plan that we all abide by. It is time to move away from this fan dance that has become the norm. It is time for the Caribbean to step up and take charge of our beloved sport.

  9. WICB YORKED
    by EZRA STUART – BARBADOS NATION

    THE STUMPS of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) should’ve been shattered a long time ago as the right people aren’t administering cricket in the Caribbean.
    So says former West Indies’ fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts.
    “There needs to be a revamp of the cricket board. The majority of the directors have been there far too long but the WICB will not be restructured from within,” Roberts told WEEKENDSPORT yesterday in a telephone interview from his native Antigua.
    Sir Andy said most of the problems affecting West Indies cricket stem from not having many former cricketers on the WICB, as they would know how to treat the modern-day players based on their own past experiences.
    “I was never in favour of these guys [Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nathan] being president and vice-president. I believe there are too many square pegs in round roles pertaining to the cricket administration,” Roberts charged.
    “The majority of what should be discussed by the WICB is cricket so if you have 16 or 18 directors on the board and only two have a cricketing background, what would you expect will be discussed?” asked Roberts.
    Sir Andy said he didn’t have a problem with successful West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy criticising the WICB, at the presentation ceremony after the regional side had won the ICC World Twenty20 last Sunday.
    “It is not a matter of whether Sammy was right or wrong for saying what he said when he said it. You think it would’ve made the same headlines if he had said it on his return to St Lucia?” asked Sir Andy.
    “Not only around the world, but it grabbed the attention of endless amount of people in the Caribbean. A lot of people in the Caribbean do not know of these problems, which have been going on for a long time,” Sir Andy remarked.
    “Kudos to Sammy for having the courage but I’m afraid Darren may not be around much longer because we like to victimise,” added Roberts.
    But in an interview, with the ESPNcricinfo website, conducted while he was in India for the World Twenty20, Cameron said things have improved since the start of the Caribbean Premier League and the Professional Cricket League.
    Cameron also defended his style of leadership.
    “One other thing I try not to do is get too involved in processes. I have a CEO [Michael Muirhead]. I know people think I am the guy directing the ship, but I am really at 100 000 feet [above]. The CEO is running the organisation,” he said.
    Sir Andy also said he wanted to see more success in the longer formats and not only in T20 cricket.
    “I don’t see our cricket heading in the right direction. Winning three T20 competitions is not the beginning or ending of West Indies cricket. The cricket has to have a footing somewhere with ongoing development of the players for the future. Development is not competition.
    “If you look at the nucleus of the men’s T20 side, how many of them will be playing in June in the Tri-series or in the Test series against India in July?” asked Roberts.
    “I want to see the cricket development at the Test match level,” added Roberts.

  10. WICB YORKED
    by EZRA STUART – BARBADOS NATION

    THE STUMPS of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) should’ve been shattered a long time ago as the right people aren’t administering cricket in the Caribbean.
    So says former West Indies’ fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts.
    “There needs to be a revamp of the cricket board. The majority of the directors have been there far too long but the WICB will not be restructured from within,” Roberts told WEEKENDSPORT yesterday in a telephone interview from his native Antigua.
    Sir Andy said most of the problems affecting West Indies cricket stem from not having many former cricketers on the WICB, as they would know how to treat the modern-day players based on their own past experiences.
    “I was never in favour of these guys [Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nathan] being president and vice-president. I believe there are too many square pegs in round roles pertaining to the cricket administration,” Roberts charged.
    “The majority of what should be discussed by the WICB is cricket so if you have 16 or 18 directors on the board and only two have a cricketing background, what would you expect will be discussed?” asked Roberts.
    Sir Andy said he didn’t have a problem with successful West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy criticising the WICB, at the presentation ceremony after the regional side had won the ICC World Twenty20 last Sunday.
    “It is not a matter of whether Sammy was right or wrong for saying what he said when he said it. You think it would’ve made the same headlines if he had said it on his return to St Lucia?” asked Sir Andy.
    “Not only around the world, but it grabbed the attention of endless amount of people in the Caribbean. A lot of people in the Caribbean do not know of these problems, which have been going on for a long time,” Sir Andy remarked.
    “Kudos to Sammy for having the courage but I’m afraid Darren may not be around much longer because we like to victimise,” added Roberts.
    But in an interview, with the ESPNcricinfo website, conducted while he was in India for the World Twenty20, Cameron said things have improved since the start of the Caribbean Premier League and the Professional Cricket League.
    Cameron also defended his style of leadership.
    “One other thing I try not to do is get too involved in processes. I have a CEO [Michael Muirhead]. I know people think I am the guy directing the ship, but I am really at 100 000 feet [above]. The CEO is running the organisation,” he said.
    Sir Andy also said he wanted to see more success in the longer formats and not only in T20 cricket.
    “I don’t see our cricket heading in the right direction. Winning three T20 competitions is not the beginning or ending of West Indies cricket. The cricket has to have a footing somewhere with ongoing development of the players for the future. Development is not competition.
    “If you look at the nucleus of the men’s T20 side, how many of them will be playing in June in the Tri-series or in the Test series against India in July?” asked Roberts.
    “I want to see the cricket development at the Test match level,” added Roberts.

  11. One thing. Whenever anyone says that posterity etc will vindicate him is someone who knows he is on his way out. His star is falling fast. You don’t refer to future justification if you believe you can survive the present. So folks, it will not be a happy landing, it will be a crash.

  12. The man must be still getting over his birthday celebrations, so I’ll give him a few days.

  13. Call ya boy Dave and ask him Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard

  14. Or is that just wishful thinking on your part, Colin Benjamin? Lol

  15. Lol @ “History will dissolve him”. Like history is acid or what?

  16. So instead of apologizing for his tweet after Sammy’s post matcH speech Cameron tells the world, he was misunderstood and that history will dissolve him SMFH

    http://cananewsonline.com/main/cricket-windies-history-will-vindicate-me-argues-embattled-wicb-head/

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    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 10, CMC – Under-fire West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has pushed back on recent widespread criticism of his leadership, and says he has always acted in the best interest of West Indies cricket.

    Cameron, who was elected to the top post three years and successfully gained re-election last year, said much of the criticism he had received was “absurd” and argued he would be eventually vindicated by history.

    The Jamaican has been fending off criticism ever since captain Darren Sammy during a post-match interview blasted the WICB for “disrespecting” the players, after West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup in India last Sunday.

    “I am not here to destroy the game. We just won three World titles and the feeling is I want to mash it up,” Cameron told the Nation newspaper here.

    Dave Cameron EDITED
    Embatlted WICB president Dave Cameron … says he will be vindicated by history.
    “I can’t believe some of the criticism I am receiving. It is absurd. My heart is with the Caribbean 100 per cent. I am a Caribbean man. I am for the good of West Indies cricket.”

    Cameron’s tenure has been embroiled in controversy ever since the West Indies one-day side controversially walked off the tour of India, over a pay dispute with the board and players union, WIPA.

    Cameron copped blame for not doing enough to solve the dispute and the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) subsequently said it held the WICB responsible.

    St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, said Cameron had “embarrassed us before the world” and called on him to step down.

    Cameron also came in for criticism for his controversial tweet regarding superstar opener Chris Gayle’s form during last year’s World Cup and again found himself in trouble on the online social network, Twitter, last week when he appeared to lash out at Sammy for his post-match criticisms of the board.

    Cameron argued his most recent tweet had been misunderstood.

    “I have had a lot of criticism about a tweet that has gone on my timeline. Go to my timeline and look,” he said.

    “There are motivational tweets on my timeline every day. Why could someone not used that tweet to say I was saying to Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels to do not let the critics get to you.

    “I have also tweeted to Darren Sammy and Stafanie Taylor wishing them luck. History will be kind to me. I will be vindicated.”

    The WICB and the players clashed over pay prior to the start of the T20 World Cup and with the two parties seemingly on another collision course, Cameron said he was open to “meet with anyone” in order to find a solution.

    “I am very straightforward. I am prepared to meet with anyone and discuss the way forward,” he stressed.

    “I know what I am about. I have been the president of a cricket club in Jamaica for the last 16 years and a member for 32 years.”

  17. The six Territorial Boards own the WICB. They are the people who put Cameron in power and keep him there.

  18. Prince Borde WICB and its territorial boards are friend. During the just concluded domestic season players from the trinidad & guyana were stranded at hotels or complained about late payments etc for example

  19. No way they didn’t have uniforms man! We Cyah be that backward.

  20. And a next player simply called them “lying dogs” ha

  21. No by this is what somebody in West Indies team told me after reading that press release

    “Lol

    They never said that Rawl spent a few late nights in a little factory two hours away from Kolkata to get this done
    They making people feel it was already done”

  22. Sooooooo ????? R. Lewis respond yet ?

  23. WICB answers Sammy’s kit accusation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, April 8, 2016

    WICB CLARIFIES ITS POSITION ON PLAYING KIT AND EMAILS

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) wishes to clarify the issue of playing kit/gear and the timeline for the men’s team for the just-ended 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

    As promised, the Secretariat made its check and the following is the sequence of events regarding the playing kit/gear:

    · February 23 – March 7- Team had used previously issued WI clothing in Dubai at camp
    · Shipment of the Championship gear was already on its way to Kolkata
    · February 25 – The Secretariat received an email from Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) advising they were in receipt of 28 cartons of WI team clothing – this was the Championship uniform
    · March 3 Team Operations Manager Rawl Lewis travelled from Dubai to India to ensure all was in place; playing gear was sorted ahead of team’s arrival on March 7
    · March 10 – Team plays in official Championship gear vs India
    · March 16 – Cap manufacturer indicates he is now able to ship caps via courier (additional caps, since caps used in Dubai are usable unlike the clothing which cannot be used before March 7 as per ICC rules).
    · March 22 – Follow up re caps query made to shipper. Response that newly implemented border regulations India delayed the shipment
    · Team Manager advised to get caps made in India which was done

    Here is also a highlight regarding emails sent from the Secretariat to the teams – men and women. Since the beginning of the tournament and following the qualification for the final, emails have been sent from:
    · Director of Cricket – which was copied to
    o Men’s and Women’s Captain
    o Head Coach for both teams
    o Chief Selector
    · Acting CEO
    o Managers of both teams

    The Board wishes to reiterate its position of always putting out the best efforts for all its players for all levels of competition.

    -ENDS-

    Carole Beckford
    Manager, Communications and Marketing

  24. He knew he was not welcome. So afraid were they or what I could reveal that unfortunately I had to destroy my hard evidence and files after the out of court settlement. All I can say is that if a forensic audit is every completed, several people will be too busy in other domiciles to run for the Presidency or run the WICB.

  25. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20160407/beating-english-sweeter-samuels-says-disrespect-provides-deeper-motivation

    “West Indies Cricket Board president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron who returned home on the same flight as the Jamaicans Tuesday, did not take part in the welcome reception.”

    • Colin, waam to you? The man said they were free to go to him while they were in India. If they needed to talk to him they could have gone to him on the plane! Give de man a chance nah! 😀

    • When players from your own country do not wish to speak to you, and people organizing receptions do not invite you, you would think that a normal human being would get the message. Not Cameron.

    • Bruce Aanensen Have you noticed how Cameron avoid the question regarding Michael Holding in the interview ?

      “Then there is this hostile relationship you share with the media. You have locked horns with eminent names like Michael Holding. Why is he not commentating in the Caribbean?”

      “I want to leave alone that one.”

    • I guess his open door policy is closed. If he was willing to disclose in an interview, that he has reached out to players time and time again, what better time to show that he is trying to bridge that gap. His statements and actions are proving to be world’s apart.

  26. http://nationwideradiojm.com/gayle-gonsalves-stand-up-for-sammy/

    I believe this is the first time PM Gonzales has commented on Windies cricket since Cameron got re-elected last year

  27. Its taken a while – but we have finally found an area where you disagree with the board

    So next time you talk to Dave, implore him to apologise

  28. Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard Good to know you find it excellent – you might get a heart attack If I tell u that Cameron himself accused the writer of this article of bias before publishing this interview smh

  29. A Forensic audit is a necessity not just for the WICB but each national/Territorial board. What we are seeing is the inevitable battle for power between the Board and the Players, one that has left out the politicians as the third force and the fans/stakeholders as the fourth. They are fighting for control and for the spoils and benefits. They need each other but in the end people pay to watch the players not Cameron and company and that is what hurts Dave, Nantan and the others. If Dave had stuck to hospitality he would have been out of a job but getting into cricket he found an easy launching pad for his ambition. It does not really require more than one eye to be king in the country of the blind. Let me ask, who was the Manager, Coach, President of the Board, selectors and territorial board representatives during the days of the Clive Lloyd and Vivian RIchards teams?

  30. Cameron has a degree from the Bahamas in “Hospitality Management”. I would think the word “Mental” should precede it. I was told that he was banned from the financial sector in Jamaica (where he operated for some time) but when he became President of the WICB with lots of money to spend and invest, he was readmitted. He and Gregory Shillingford were instructed by the Board to apologise to me and Bruce Aanensen and that apology is like the invisible yellow donkey.

  31. Typical arrogance of the board’s governance. Ready to shear the wool of the player’s victories but giving token support… Time to clean de dam house

  32. All I’d say here is people read this with extreme caution – if you even want to

    Lasana Liburd Mark Pouchet Richard Zen O’Brien Kern A. Spencer Chica Emery Shaun Lynch Nigel Gittens Bruce Aanensen Davis Melville Andre Baptiste Anthony Deyal Stephon Nicholas Kyon Esdelle Melville Foster Cheyenne Hector Sherdon Ifm Pierre Roneil K Walcott Kirwin Weston Nicholas Lochan Ravi Maharaj Anirudh Seeharacksingh Beena Gosine Amiel Mutilal Santokie Nagu

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/995363.html

    • i stopped halfway….couldnt put myself through the torture of reading how he likes to pat himself on the pack

    • is there a bio on Dave Cameron? i need to understand his managerial style.

    • Actually, if Cameron is being truthful, I can understand and even agree. His method/s of doing may be another matter.

    • Correct Nicholas Lochan his issue has never been intentions – like most observant fans and media for example definitely agree with the idea of professionalizing the PCL and CPL idea.

      His problems is method and lack of understanding of international cricket dynamics, alongside his consistent lying tendencies on numerous issues and arrogance

    • this man clearly needs to be medicated he is dellusional

    • Part 2 – once again read with caution if you even want to..

      Some football people here on wired might like this Q & A ha..

      Do you think you are the Sepp Blatter of West Indies cricket?

      No, I am the opposite of Sepp, because everybody loved Sepp. When Sepp came to our country, he was worshipped.

      Our governance systems in the West Indies have been the best they have ever been. We have four independent directors and I have used them to chair some of the important committees. We have an audit, risk and compliance committee, chaired by an independent director. We had a surplus of $3.5 million last year – first time we had such a surplus outside of 2007. All our financial statements are on our website. Two-thousand eighteen is going to be a very difficult year for us because we don’t have inbound tours. We only make [money] when we have inbound tours. The only inbound tours that make money are England and India, and to a lesser extent, Australia.

      http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/995293.html#comments

      Lasana Liburd Mark Pouchet Richard Zen O’Brien Kern A. Spencer Chica Emery Shaun Lynch Davis Melville Nigel Gittens Bruce Aanensen Keith Look Loy Brian Springer Simon Evans Nicholas Lochan Kyon Esdelle Kion S Williams Andre Baptiste Stephon Nicholas Sherdon Ifm Pierre Roneil K Walcott Kirwin Weston Chabeth Haynes Cheyenne Hector Brian Jordan Kelvin Jack Beena Gosine Ravi Maharaj Anirudh Seeharacksingh Amiel Mutilal Santokie Nagu Savitri Maharaj Melville Foster Kendall Tull Jefferson George Earl Jean Anthony Deyal Rawle Toney Kevin Harrison Terence William Fenwick Sheldon Scipio BP Fur

  33. Pretty much the exact same thing CARICOM said in the call to disband WICB – about what needs to be done for Women’s cricket that Stephanie Taylor is now saying

    http://www.stabroeknews.com/2016/sports/04/05/taylor-calls-new-recruitment-drive-womens-cricket-caribbean/

    Chabeth Haynes Lou-Ann Sankar Savitri Maharaj Beena Gosine Greer Cave Rose-Marie Ingrid Lemessy-Forde Mel Lissa

    • You asked this very poignant question before & thinking back again – all of what you mentioned there is part of the reason. Globally except for maybe AUS & ENG women – their boards don’t do enough for them.

      However women’s cricket development in caribbean can’t be compared to the men’s because of how the teams have developed historically. Women first played in 1976, then after 1979 they were inactive for 24 years until resumption in 2003.

      So the last 13 years has been the era of Stephanie Taylor, Merissa Aguiellera and Deadra Dottin, where they were trying to re-establish the product.

      At the same as we all know the men waging battles with the board as far back as 1998 tour to S Africa when Lara them had to be influenced by Nelson Mandela to tour S Africa after a board dispute.

      This Taylor’s statement in a way is the first time the women kind of complaining out loud

  34. http://cananewsonline.com/main/cricket-windies-wicb-vice-president-blasts-sammys-comments-as-demeaning-insulting/

    ROSEAU, Dominica, Apr 5, CMC-The vice president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, on Tuesday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy, 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.

    Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy, minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four wicket victory over England to seal the title.

    Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support which inspired his team.

    “So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.

    “To spoil what was a tremendous achievements for the Caribbean civilization with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people. I believe was rather unfortunate”.

    Sammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB prior to the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.

    Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse and while he assured the Caribbean then that West Indies would commit to playing the tournament, he also hinted that the issues were far from settled.

    The WICB vice president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.

    “So the players complained that for the world Cup their fees went down maybe by 20 thousand or there about. But they did not say that the week before they got the world cup contract all of them signed contracts for the regional competition where their fees went up by 80,000, 140,000, 145,000, and 75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.

    “But they are saying that they had a loss of 20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly they were making noise for losing 20,000 on one side but gaining 150,000 or 280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody”.

    On Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who he said went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.

    But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.

    “The date was coming, the players had not consented to go to play so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers of them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.

    “So when the logistic officer left the Caribbean for Dubai he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them and carry them himself to the team well in advance of the world cup”.

    Earlier, the WICB in a release had described Sammy’s comments as ‘inappropriate’ and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.

    There is widespread euphoria across the Caribbean as a result of the sensational exploits of the West Indies men’s and women’s team in winning their respective T20 World Cup titles.

    Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side which has garnered massive support in the region and an embattled Dave Cameron led WICB which is coming under mounting public pressure to step-down.

  35. Can’t someone buy the west indies team and fuc& away with the WICB!?

    • Very true regarding Samuels – well known fact that Marlon and a few of the seniors don’t get along off the field

      He Bravo & Pollard were beefing for a while after the India pull out

      So credit to Sammy for balancing those egos for sure

  36. I am a Trinidadian and I am fed of this west Indian crap

  37. I stand with the team and their statements…look ah promise god I wouldn’t cuss today ah gone.

    • Rubbish piece.. obviously done by someone who has it in for the WI. Just take the piece on Samuels…he obviously didnt listen or doesnt care about what Samuels said during the presser. It was obvious, according to Samuels and not refuted by anyone, Stones was talking to/taunting Samuels during the match. It’s perfectly natural for Samuels to return the favour at that appropriate time. If this was a serious writer he would have at least acknowledged what Samuels said after the game. They are champions and he has to get with that. He’s just mad Kholi didnt lift the trophy.

    • And that line, …soft-spoken Samuel Badree went about his work with quiet dignity…” I have a problem with what is being implied there.

    • I saw it and choose not to post it and realizing I wasted 3 minutes of my life reading it smh

  38. The big dogs keep talking out now!

    Former long serving WICB Corporate Communication Officer Imran Khan breaking some yet to be heard revelation about the inner workings of the WICB & Cameron that has never been heard before publicly

    Lasana Liburd Bruce Aanensen Stephon Nicholas Chabeth Haynes Mark Pouchet Richard Zen O’Brien Kern A. Spencer Chica Emery Sherdon Ifm Pierre Kirwin Weston Roneil K Walcott Andre Baptiste Anthony Deyal Savitri Maharaj Chabeth Haynes Melville Foster Davis Melville Amiel Mutilal Nigel Gittens

    “What is not widely known and indeed may surprise many is that there are directors of the WICB who are in favour of governance reform, and not mere superficial reform but radical reform. Unsurprisingly however, they are in the minority.”

    “One pertinent untold story of West Indies cricket is that the former president, Sir Julian Hunte, contesting for a fourth term in 2013, lost to the current president, Dave Cameron, ostensibly because Hunte was intent on leading governance reform similar to what was had by Cricket Australia. He had already initiated the steps by commissioning the Wilkin Report and had been quietly organising to restructure the governance of the game. It was a route the territorial boards were unprepared to go down and opted instead to install Hunte’s then vice-president to the top post.

    That has kept the incumbent afloat. Resistance to governance reform is his raison d’etre, on the authority of those to whom he is beholden: the territorial boards”

    http://www.wisdenindia.com/cricket-article/more-reason-less-emotion-needed-to-drive-wicb-reform/206905

  39. One question though, why is it that a small (but perhaps significant) part of Darren Sammy’s speech has been excised from most of the reports (including the above transcript) that have been posted since? I’m referring to the part where he said “Prime Minister Mitchell, I know what he’s trying to do”. I know that many might consider this to be insignificant, but I for one do not. Hopefully, things will not have to get worse before they get better.

  40. As i stated before the start of the tournament

  41. Bravo was the first to donate his match fee to charity also

  42. https://www.instagram.com/p/BDz26LsoeQC/

    Big up double #WT20 #Champion captain @darrensammy88 – I support and backed him a 100% with his speech, well said about WICB, WIPA needs to be shaken up as well! The struggle is real. Sammy retired from Test cricket but I haven’t. However, I’m not eligible for selection for Test and ODI, think we played our last game for West Indies 2016-Hopefully 2017 the W.I fans can see us again. Thank god for the prize money because the match fee is a joke what WIPA agreed to…so I’m donating my match fees to Charity!

  43. The Board is now besieged and looking for friends. There are people who see this as an opportunity to be exploited for personal and financial gain. These things happen. The key to it is to focus not on the hangers on but the issues.

  44. I keep telling Colin Benjamin the same thing

  45. Whenever anyone resorts to calling other people fools it is because that person cannot deal with the intellectual challenge or cannot deal rationally with the issues. My advice Colin is that you are really wasting your time expecting reason – once someone calls you a fool, there is absolutely nothing you can do to change their minds. Leave it alone – don’t get distracted from the main issue. It does not matter who gets credit or claims credit for the victories, what matters is the future of West Indies Cricket, not just this present generation, but all the future ones. The key is into whose hands we place that future and what checks and balances (not cheques and Palances) are in place.

  46. Lasana Liburd I going and cause trouble…

    Uncle Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard Do you think this ESPN Cricinfo article accurately reflects/summarizes the press statement that WICB sent out yesterday about wanting to meet players after IPL ?

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/story/995045.html

  47. Why this man don’t go an manage a hotel some where u have a Bsc in hotel management you obviously don’t know anything about motivating these cricketers smh why are you still there??

  48. As I see it, Sammy was like a dementor and he almost sucked the joy out of the victory, for me.
    Perhaps he is trying to get his name in Bravo’s remix but all he did was talk a pack of nonsense in my view. Jumping up and doing the Bravo with the women’s cricketers whilst plotting, selfishly, to take money out of their hands by demanding more and more money from the Board.

  49. The President of the WICB can’t be serious, LOL! . If he is he must be reminded that the 1st April was 4 days’ ago! I think my cat and dog know of the dysfunction of this beleaguered Board. As a matter of fact I lost total interest in cricket since Lara batted his 300+ runs years ago. CONGRATS the the WEST INDIES TEAM!! Captain Darren Sammy was absolutely CORRECT! He needs NO discipline for telling the TRUTH!! Get your act together WICB or get the hell OUTTA WI cricket!

  50. Everyone should go on Twitter and let Cameron know how much of a jackass he really is … I did already lol

  51. I wonder if Chris Gayle will be welcomed in australia now?

  52. Wow
    “Dave Cameron announced that he would meet the players after the IPL at the annual review in June to find a “common ground” where the “best” players can represent the region in all formats.”

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/995045.html

  53. Hannibal Najjar

    For me, I miss the game of cricket – the most resounding of all games to watch even when, 5-day Tests! I grew up watching every game, ball-by-ball, period-by-period, tea-time-by-tea-time, day-by-day, and test-by-test and I could not get enough. I even went to classes (UWI) and exams during Test cricket matches and where I stayed up on and through the night listening to every ball, run or not. I didn’t complain when the exams results or class participation were not as good as if I got my much-needed sleep because, I had as I still have today, those games in my head to replay those Three Degrees “precious moments” (70’s, “When will I see you again?”). And we have to remember, that was when we listened via radio, the best form of seeing… boy, does it turn on the visionary powers that God has given us. Anyway, congrats WI, U-20’s, Women’s, and Men’s – roar and soar, rejoice and as Sammy pointed, I too thank the Almighty even though I know that we never ask for a victory, just that we honor Him in all that we do – Matthew 5:16 principle.

  54. Unsurprising attitude. He does not understand that if there were no players, there would be no need for rhe WICB. The Board is there to serve the players not the other way around

  55. He is foolish and arrogant…It is high time we got rid of him!!! Even in the face of that miraculous victory he cannot be gracious enough to say congratulations?! He is unworthy of the position he holds!

  56. Mark Nicholas apologises. He said that he never said that they were brainless, just short of brains…..Great apology…smh.
    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mark-nicholas-apologises-west-indies-cricket-team-disrespectful-comments-673340

  57. Cameron reminds me of Donald Trump he feels the need to respond to everything in a juvenile sort of way..

  58. lol fantastic interview …. Australia, England all believe that we should never beat them …. they absolutely hated when clive lloyd and the boys used to murder them repeatedly so I knoooowwww these two victories hurt them bad and I’m lovinggggg it … sharne (no face) Warne ……..

  59. Excerpt from Telegraph: “The West Indies were motivated by criticism to win this trophy and you cannot begrudge their joy after the final. This is a group of cricket islands that have gone through turmoil with the worst board in the world alienating their own players.

    They have talent at all levels and can be strong in all formats if supported and rewarded properly. If that anger and determination to prove people wrong can be channelled the right way then the West Indies can be a force again in Test cricket.”

  60. Lasana Liburd I want you to observe ttcb social media and see if they congratulated the men’s team specifically any of their players

  61. It reads as sincere to me. Dave Cameron can learn a thing or two from Nicholas

  62. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2016/04/03/ben-stokes-will-be-hurting-for-a-long-time-but-he-will-recover-f/

    “The West Indies were motivated by criticism to win this trophy and you cannot begrudge their joy after the final. This is a group of cricket islands that have gone through turmoil with the worst board in the world alienating their own players.

    They have talent at all levels and can be strong in all formats if supported and rewarded properly. If that anger and determination to prove people wrong can be channelled the right way then the West Indies can be a force again in Test cricket.”

  63. https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/716688353610039296

    Says the great Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar to his 10.3 million twitter followers:

    “WI players emerged true champions overcoming challenges on & off the field. West Indian Board should support them & address their concerns.”

  64. As i said above – While I can see y the players have taken what Nicholas heart – fans have admit at times in other formats even these guys show weak cricket nous.

    So Nicholas choice of words was bad. It wasn’t Tony Greig “I will make them grovel” 1976 bad. But Bad. So with the players already pissed with the board, his comment just added fire to players flames.

    And even I’ll admit after the pre tournament turmoil and with Pollard, Narine, Simmons, Bravo ruled out – there was strong skepticism out there that team would not perform well under this stress.

    However I’m not sure he deserves such abuse in general that i’ve – especially with some suggestion he is racist because he is one of best cricket broadcasters around.

    The enemy was the WICB, so for me Sammy could have just attacked them in post match and not worry to mention Nicholas

    • Agree he’s one of the better commentators

    • Ye it was only in december he wrote a very balanced article about the team and the future of Windies cricket

      http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/952847.html

    • Read again, Colin. Sammy was identifying ALL the things that made the team bond in the way that was obvious to all who have eyes to see. I was telling my friends from as early as after the England game that this team had a fire in its belly that West Indian teams have not shown since Walsh and Ambrose disappeared.

      You shouild read today’s Telegraph piece saying that England was beaten by “brilliance” and try to work out (if you haven’t already done so) what was the real source of that “brilliance.”

      Did you guess “hatred of the WICB”? “The desire to show ALL the naysayers who were still in doubt that this team has something special”?

      Go to the head of the class.

    • So you are willing to give Nicholas the benefit of the doubt?
      I agree with you but I wonder if it is that we are conditioned to be more accommodating to Nicholas’ sort.

  65. Mark Nicholas apologizes to Darren Sammy. I don’t know whether he is being sincere or simply trying to protect his reputation as an analyst.
    But at least in proper countries, you apologize when you realize you’ve been an idiot: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/995027.html

  66. Marlon Samuels waltzing in to fix West Indies’ problems… http://youtu.be/tfKL6RM8hsY

  67. Marlon Samuels is the kinda bizarre uncle in every family reunion.
    You wish he would keep quiet sometimes. But he is family still and you love his mad tail!

  68. Boy this is sad….Sammy took one for the team. Great forum to let the world know what’s really going on. How about some praise for Simmons too! Taking Ireland to where they were and now what he did with the West Indies! He’s a winner!

  69. who requested an inquiry? the world knows why…. you mean to say they’re going to waste money to find out or send some ridiculous letters as per the norm? Why he apologizing for Sammy? He should be apologizing…… look nah let me switch this off before i really tell him what to shove his inquiry and how to address it…. steups

  70. well said samuels. everybody have something to say about u all. let dem talk with their mouth. u talk with the bat

  71. Dong forget the coaches and support staff earl

  72. Hmm potential slight softening of stance from previous idiotic press release

    “For immediate release
    Sunday, April 3, 2016

    WICB PRESIDENT HAS HIGH PRAISES FOR WORLD TWENTY20 ORGANISERS
    St. John’s, Antigua – West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President, Dave Cameron has high praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI (host organisation) for a most memorable 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. Cameron thought that the “tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world, came out in full support of cricket.”
    Obviously overjoyed that the West Indies teams took the double, Cameron noted that the tournament was “an all-round success.”
    The President would like to however apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy in a post-match interview and would like to apologize on behalf of the WICB, to the millions of fans who witnessed. The President has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.
    Coming up in May this year, the Board will host its annual review (retreat) with the players, WIPA, selectors and the technical team to review player, management and technical plans. This will be done after the Indian Premier League. The President said further: 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. “

    • The sad part is that they have to play for West Indies in order to be seen by these other leagues. I hope all 15 of the West Indians gets lucrative deals from these leagues. They have to feed their family

      • Exactly! Braithwaite will be well paid based on his performance this series and the Final in particular. That should be the goal. Represent the islands then go rob the IPL/Big Bash/Super T20, etc.
        But these fellas seem to think the development of WI cricket is funded by tips from tourists so everything earned is theirs.

    • This press release is saying that persons who choose the high paying T20 cricket leagues around the world over the low paying tournaments of the WICB will not be considered to represent the West Indies. In sum, the junior inexperienced persons will get game in WICB tournaments. Sammy et al., yuh just get yuh throats cut, in a nice way.

    • Earl Best

      Softening, Colin? Where? What I see is an attempt to deflect attention away from the hard truths that Sammy shared with the world by suggesting that the Board is prepared to back away from its earlier position about requiring them ALL to play in the domestic tournaments. As if the Desmond Haynes debacle never happened!

      When will this man ever learn? When? I will have a little more to say on this subject shortly. Somebody has to bite the bullet and I feel I know who that somebody – or those somebodies – is.

  73. Please share this Internationally. Maybe the ICC could see the type of people in charge of our cricket.

  74. Samuel has kind of warmed up to me. He didn’t have to put his feet up on the table. BUT he was speaking from the heart. He’s a big game batsman. He and holder are the only ones that still plays test. Somewhat cocky! This is the first time I hear him talk about the team. And for the Caribbean people

  75. It seems that is the same mentality with respect to all the sports in our sweet country eh, they always believe it is all about them and not our players eh, and our players should always be put first eh. Them really good yes.

  76. I didn’t really want to see the match, there was not a television anywhere that did not have the game on….. hadn’t realized someone remarked about no brains and got away with it…. had it been a Caribbean national wonder if he would have been allowed to play/ report on or commentate on cricket … EVER !!!

  77. They already spite him Beena Gosine and all the members of the team who decided to play in Australia Big Bash and Pakistan Super league – instead of coming back to play in Super 50 & regional 4 day

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/78053/players-not-playing-domestic-tournaments-ineligble-for-west-indies-cricket-squad-michael-muirhead

    • should have said “Spite him more” they boys fought well.

    • Beena Gosine

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      FRIDAY, December 18, 2015

      WICB WANTS BEST PLAYERS FOR REGIONAL COMPETITION

      St. John’s, ANTIGUA – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is calling on the
      region’s top players to be available for the regional tournaments to ensure
      that they remain eligible for selection for international competition.

      With the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) now on a break and with the
      3rd NAGICO Super50, schedule to bowl off on Thursday, January 7, “there is
      an opportunity to have the best players compete for regional supremacy in
      the upcoming events,” noted Chief Executive Officer, Michael Muirhead.

      The CEO emphasised that “the Board has looked at its tournament schedule and
      has placed each tournament at a time that allows our international players
      to participate in other competitions overseas. We however value our
      competitions and we think the fans would want to see our best players
      compete against each other.”

      Additionally, the CEO pointed out that “in the upcoming year, there are a
      number of tours in and out of the region and with that amount of cricket
      added, along with the phased roll out of the high performance program, the
      players will have a chance at better preparing themselves for producing at
      the highest level.”

      Tournaments we can confirm so far are:

      * NAGICO Super50 January 7 – 24

      * Second round of the PCL February 11 – March 18

      * World T20 March – April (India)

      * International Home Series June – August

      * CPL (Year 4) July – August

      The CEO also noted that the Board will confirm any additional international
      tours for the 2016 period but pointed out that in rebuilding our program “we
      are keen on offering enough playing opportunities at home and abroad.”

      Guyana Jaguars lead the first round of the PCL and are the defending
      champions; Trinidad and Tobago are the defending champions of the NAGICO
      Super50 and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel are the defending CPL T20
      Champions.

      -ENDS-

      For more information

      Carole Beckford

      Manager, Communications and Marketing
      West Indies Cricket Board Inc.

    • haven’t kept up except with the Narine fiasco since mid last year.

    • You shouldn’t waste parts of your life like me keeping up – so your fine ha

    • i should if i want better management of the sport and a better all round product representing the region .

    • Well personally Sammy’s comments has given my ammunition to attack at least up until the next CARICOM meeting in July in Guyana.

      If the board don’t get disband by then by CARICOM, like the majority of star players who are now ineligible for rest of year – I’m done writing about windies cricket.

      Cause I’m not supporting no Windies team that who is being under-strength by idiotic and vindictive board policies

  78. Scotty Ranking

    Ah boy, Dave Cameron … classy as never!

    Nevertheless, West Indies pulled out a deserved victory and are indeed fitting of the moniker … CHAMPION!

  79. Hey Colin Benjamin I am waiting to see how the WICB going to spite Sammy for speaking the truth.

  80. Sammy told it as he saw it. Good for him. Shame on Dave Cameron and the rest of the WICB. They should all be fired on the spot that bunch of impotents who only seeking their own interest and not that of WI cricket. And our ownTTCB not backward either with their lack of support for our local players. Case in point their scant treatment of Narine. Another bunch of ass lickers.

  81. Ha well Ye that part was wild – but no biggie

  82. And I did see the wanker doing the Champion dance when Sammy got out. Reminded me of Flintoff’s behaviour against the West Indies on a few occasions.
    Who laughs last!

  83. How can you do an international press conference with your feet up on the table? lol

  84. Nothing surprises me with Marlon Samuels.

  85. Warne was going overboard with his cheeky attacks on Samuels since the AUS tour – which for a cricket legend was over the top

    So he look for that

  86. Saw an ESPN article on Marlon Samuel’s press conference after the game. I know MS is upset but was a bit disappointed by the attitude portrayed.

    • Earl Best

      And why on earth would “the attitude portrayed” upset you? You have a problem with truth? It is more palatable when sugar-coated? Or are you suggesting that MS said things that were NOT true?

  87. If that was the proven way to motivate teams Darrin, everybody would do it. Messi and Ronaldo would get huge pay cuts immediately and be ordered to locate their own kit for big games. Lol.

  88. Could be good inspiration for it. Lets see. I’m hopeful and positive about it

  89. He then dedicated his man of the match award to Shane Warne. The Australian, working as a commentator at the World T20, has been less than complimentary about the Jamaican. Even during his match-winning knock, the words in praise of Samuels could barely be heard through gritted teeth. The pair were involved in an altercation during a Big Bash League game in 2012-13, when Warne threw the ball at Samuels, provoking the West Indian to throw his bat in the general direction of the bowler. Samuels, though, is unsure as to why Warne’s apparent dislike for him has gone on for so long.

    “Shane Warne has a problem with me. I don’t know what – I’ve never disrespected him. It seems he has a lot inside him that needs to come out. I don’t appreciate the way he continues to talk about me. And the things he keeps doing. I don’t know – maybe it’s because my face is real and his face is not.”

    Sammy, meanwhile, took aim at Mark Nicholas, who had written before this event for Cricinfo that West Indies were “short of brains”. “I’m done with Mark,” said a clearly riled Sammy. “This tournament, with all that happened before … The disrespect from journalists, from our own cricket board. That was out of order. The only way we could make a statement was by winning this tournament. When you see these 15 men playing out there with hunger and passion, it all stems from what has been boiling inside.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/03/marlon-samuels-ben-stokes-shane-warne

  90. Congratulations to our women and the men on both their victories, now it is for our Soca Warriors to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia……BOOM.

    • BOOM is right. They will. The challenge becomes tougher and all it takes is our nation to support 100% as well as our players 100%. I heard from an Equdorian man saying that we will. Hmmmm. Nice to hear.

  91. I heard they didn’t even provide them with money for new uniforms. Need a serious shaking up of that board

  92. Well that’s true cause how else could he be reelected

  93. The TTCB and all the other territorial boards that keep him in place are part of the problem.

  94. “The country’s cricket is not in right hands. We have not got a telephone call from any of the WICB officials or directors. That’s not a good thing. We know that they did not want or believe that we could win this tournament. It was basically us against them. Even the BCCI does more for us,” Bravo told ‘Star Sports’ in a post-final interview.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-t20/bcci-gives-us-more-support-than-wicb-dwayne-bravo-after-wt20-title-win/story-S2Qs6hcrNygW9QFHwbBQrL.html

  95. I saw that I found it to be rather asinine of him. He and the board did a disservice to the team and the fool knows it. Despite the odds set against them they prevailed. So it’s time he be set out to pasture

  96. Editor’s Note: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron tweeted, after the West Indies’ victory at 4 pm on 3 April 2016: “When is the last time a critic paid one of your bills? Always remember that when you start to give them your energy.”

  97. Straight and to the point

    • Earl Best

      And what, Colin, do you find defensible in that? Why should Sammy not have targeted him? Are you comfortable with people saying that you have no brains? Can you get more than one (pejorative!) meaning out of that?

      For me, the skipper is not criticising Mark Nicholas; he is criticising what he (and so many others who said nothing publicly) think about him, his team and mind you, by extension, all of us.

  98. The now infamous Mark Nicholas article and quote for those who never saw it:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/977747.html

    “Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh are short of class but will cope okay with the conditions. West Indies are short of brains but have IPL history in their ranks. New Zealand are worth a look for they have a savvy bunch of scrappers and some mighty hitting power to boot.”

    • Well they made all of the naysayers eat their words

    • While I can see y the players have taken it to heart – even I’ll admit at times in other formats even these guys show weak cricket nous.

      So Nicholas choice of words was bad.

      However I’m not sure he deserves such abuse in general – especially with some suggestion he is racist because he is one of best cricket broadcasters around.

      The enemy was the WICB, so for me Sammy could have just attacked them in post match and not worry to mention Nicholas

    • I don’t particularly like Nicholas. But I thought his words were more clumsy than anything else. It isn’t a crime to think a team isn’t smart enough.