Windies board 'most unprofessional'

PORT OF SPAIN (Trinidad and Tobago) • World Twenty20 winner Dwayne Bravo has accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of being "the most unprofessional board in the world".

Three days after the West Indies' captain Darren Sammy criticised the WICB following his side's four-wicket win over England in the final in Kolkata, India, Bravo was even more scathing as he accused its president Dave Cameron of being "immature", "small-minded" and "arrogant".

"(A lot of people) questioned our commitment, they questioned whether we were really committed to West Indies cricket or is it just the money," said Bravo, who, along with his team-mates, has been involved in a long-running pay dispute with the WICB.

"A lot of people don't understand the things we go through dealing with our board. It is the most unprofessional board in the world. Sammy spoke from his heart. There is nothing wrong with his speech and I support him 100 per cent.

"The entire team supports him, it's a matter of us feeling hurt. 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."

Sammy had blasted the board as "disrespectful" for failing to even supply proper shirts for the tournament and claimed that no senior WICB figure congratulated the team on their triumph.

Bravo also revealed that "we played this entire tournament without caps".

The 32-year-old all-rounder added that recent results have merely masked their problems.

"Our cricket has gone to the lowest," he said. "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."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2016, with the headline 'Windies board 'most unprofessional''. Print Edition | Subscribe