ICC’s verdict


West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy and other members of the team have been accused by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of bringing the recently concluded ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India into disrepute.

Dwayne Bravo & Darren Sammy
Dwayne Bravo & Darren Sammy

So dim a view has the ICC taken of this conduct following West Indies’ defeat of England in the final, that cricket’s governing body said today it had even considered taking punitive action against the offending West Indian players.

In a speech on the podium in Kolkata, prior to accepting the trophy, Sammy rebuked the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in a highly politicised speech in which he thanked his team-mates, the team’s supporters and the heads of CARICOM – in particular Dr Keith Mitchell, the Prime Minister of Grenada – for their support. However, Sammy charged that no one from the board had been in touch with the team in spite of their triumph. The board subsequently denied Sammy’s allegation while indicating it had indeed sent off congratulatory texts to both women and men’s teams.

“People were wondering whether we would play this tournament,” Sammy said during the live TV broadcast. “We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board … I’m yet to hear from [them]. That is very disappointing.”

Sammy’s anti-WICB stance was echoed by teammate Dwayne Bravo, captain of the ill-fated 2014 aborted tour of India, who after the World Cup victory described the WICB to the Indian media as the “most unprofessional” board in the world. He also described board president Dave Cameron as “immature”, “small-minded” and “arrogant”.

However the ICC board, which met in Dubai yesterday, reserved its congratulations for the WICB, whose teams it said completed an “unprecedented treble” in also securing the Women’s World T20 and the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh that took place in February.

The ICC described the comments emanating from the players as “inappropriate, disrespectful and [bringing] the event into disrepute”. The ICC added that serious consideration had been given to levelling Code of Conduct charges against the players, which could have resulted in fines and/or bans.

“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,” the ICC said in its press release today.

“This was not acceptable conduct at ICC events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe.

“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 release added.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar also singled out Marlon Samuels for criticism, following what it described as his disparaging remarks about England batsman Ben Stokes at the post-match media conference in Kolkata.

“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,” Manohar said.

Though not commenting on calls made by the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket for the dissolution of the WICB, the ICC also made an announcement that could act as a warning to CARICOM in its ongoing tussle with the WICB.

The ICC has suspended the membership of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in light of a court case involving the association and an Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council to run cricket in the country.

This is in breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections of officials to run cricket.

The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding. However, the Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events.

The media release noted that ICC management would now work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal.

The Board maintained that it doesn’t accept government interference in the affairs of its members as it wants all its members to work independently with the best intentions of promoting and developing the game in their respective territories in accordance with the ICC’s objectives and strategy.

It added that until such time as the CAN became free of government interference and was properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal, the membership of CAN would remain suspended. 

Source: (cricinfo/WG)

22 Responses to ICC’s verdict

  1. Vylna Agnes George
    Vylna Agnes George April 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    It is amazing that the ICC has never thought of taking the WICB to task over the numerous complaints they have been aware of pertaining to the behaviour of that Board; the WINDIES players have embarassed their inaction, so they feel duty bound to level these charges at them. When an animal has had enough of being beaten, it will eventually turn round and bite you!!! Xx

    • Melissa S Rollins
      Melissa S Rollins April 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you very much!!

    • harry turnover April 27, 2016 at 6:36 am

      When some of the other players were giving trouble the same Board appointed Sammy as captain in all formats although he could not make any of the teams on performance.
      The President and Board memberrs accomodated him at every turn..although the same Bravo,Gayle and Samuels said that he couldn’t make the team on merit and should not even been leading them.
      Bravo and Gayle found all sort of excuses not tp play with him as skipper after the first World Cup…..bad back……wanting a break from test cricket among others were some of the utterances.
      Now Sammy has turned around and bite the hand that fed him.
      Sammy ,Bravo and the others SAW THE PAY CONTRACT since LAST YEAR …BUT waited until the eve of their departure to raise concerns in an effort to force the Board then …WHY ?…because had they objected last year,the Board would have had more time to select a second team .
      Sammy was told and rightfully so too…….” go to the WC or we will pick a second team.You had enough time to have raised those concerns BUT waited until now “

  2. Melissa S Rollins
    Melissa S Rollins April 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Wow Icc! Rather than talk smack why not investigate? Why not act as a mediator. Sit with the captains, the board & make some changes for the better of WI cricket. Obviously there is a huge break down in communication your two cents helps the situation no way. Also when the Wicb president was talking about players & disrespecting the public was that good conduct?

  3. Sherlock Holmes. April 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    If England had won and he had said the same thing would you guys penalize them the same way? I DOUBT IT.

    • harry turnover April 27, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Only one player was penalised…….for his behavior. Samuels even admitted it The others were celebrating and were NOT penalised.Samuels is a KNOWN bad behave fella
      Sammy and Bravo were NOT penalised they were reprimanded .
      Had the English skipper done that…he would have been FIRED the next day.

  4. zeus April 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Can anyone please tell me the numerous complaints that the west indies cricket players has made against the board its the caribbean’s best kept secret other than MONEY

  5. Sue Donym April 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Laughable! The ICC does more by its double standards to bring the tournaments and chief administrators into disrepute than this ever could.

    The world understood that the pronouncements, possibly ill timed were very specific to the WICB and a measure of the players’ extreme frustration.

    That aside, the ICC has had a questionable approach when it comes to sledging directed at the West Indies and critics wonder if there is less enthusiasm for alleged ball tampering, match fixing and suspect bowling by Australia, England and South Africa and even India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Advanced video technology and on-field microphones still seem to let well known offenders escape disproportionately. Enough said.

  6. harry turnover April 25, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    WRONG PLACE !! WRONG TIME!!…..there IS a time and place for EVERY THING.
    Remember this was NOT a WICB event..it was an ICC EVENT.Now every man jack knows that Sammy and Bravo will NEVER EVER play for the WI AGAIN or in any sponsored event that has the backing of the Board just to please the ICC
    Samuels was also rediculous in his behavior AGAIN .and this has been going on from the time Wes Hall as either Manager or President had to defend him until now .

  7. recoanthony April 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    turnover!!!!!!!!!! hush ya grass……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..de wicb want gettig rid of period…note everything in common letters

    • harry turnover April 26, 2016 at 6:15 am

      recoanthony…….hush ya grass and haul ya grass too, see if Sammy and Bravo gine ever play for the WI again and in the meantime if ya got a job disrespect or criticize ya employer and come back and say wha happened…..note everything in common letters.

  8. recoanthony April 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    look at de sorry ass faces of the icc spectators when MR Brathwaite hit those 4….6s an u turn over gine talk nonsense…. just shut ya trap

    • harry turnover April 26, 2016 at 6:23 am

      @recoanthony…….what has Braff hitting sixes got to do with Sammy and Bravo airing dem mout in public ?
      What does the sorry ass faces of the icc spectators have to do with the death of Osama Bin Laden ?…ya garbling big time !
      You need to wipe ya mout and flush.

  9. recoanthony April 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm


    • harry turnover April 26, 2016 at 6:30 am

      You think I am a fan of Cameron ? of course he is disrespectful,but moving him and the Board would not solve a thing.
      Hunte,Hilaire Gibson and that lot were said to be disrespectfull too and look wha happened……wunna run from the frying pan straight into the fire………note everything in common letters…no need to shout over Cameron.

  10. recoanthony April 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm


    • harry turnover April 26, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Stop shouting ..no need to get hyper over Sammy and Bravo who know fully well that they won’t be playing for the WI again..the reason for their stupidity and I en got to shout .

  11. Coralita April 26, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Guys, we got wunna backs.

  12. Donna Harewood April 26, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Who runs the ICC anyway and what is their agenda? Just recently you had a man as your president who couldn’t even be president of his local board. Then you had that BIG THREE fiasco which you are now looking to reverse. We have no more respect for the ICC than we have for WICB.

  13. miche April 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Typical White mans behavior,,Why am I not surprised,,,,from A country who would prefer to loose a battleship,before they lose a test to the West Indies,,what do you expect,,, They are still the same stuck up ” Gentlemen”behind the long pipe and white cain”as in the massa,reign,,they still see themselves as king, and we as subjects…It pains them,that who they view as inferior, Could stand up and speak to someone of their color ,as did these men,,,The only thing they sorry about,is the fact that they cannot now ,tie them to a tree ,and do as they please with them,,,up to or including taking their lives…let the white trash do as they please CHAMPIONS

  14. Donild Trimp April 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Turnover, you and all those who make up the WICB are the same. A bunch of EDUCATED FOOLS.

    It is time to turnover a new page and get rid of the whole WICB and its archaic structure and plantation management mentality.

    Are they going to discipline DD and ST also?

    The WICB are fighting a battle they cannot win.

    Come on Hon Prime Ministers, no more talking only actions from now on.

    • harry turnover April 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Donild Tripe wey you now come from ? man you sound like a dog that now get way…running up an down barking at every passing car and bi cyclists not knowing that there is a law against strays like you.
      Donild TRIPE…the Prime Ministers CANNOT take over the running of the WICB…..that is against ICC regulations…this is 2016 and you still don’t know that ???….ya EDUCATED nincomPOOP


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