It was a dramatic day for the West Indian Cricket team when both Men’s and Women’s teams lifted the World T20 title for their country on March 3.
Though both the teams celebrated in style, for the Caribbean’s the victory also meant that they could finally get their respective cricket boards to take notice of their concerns.
The teams also got a shout out from Indian Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar who took to twitter to express his views.
And Sachin also urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to address the concerns of the team.
For the past few years the teams have been in a tussle with their cricketing board over many issues, including players’ contract and pay.
Following their smashing victory, West Indies captain Darren Sammy had given an emotional speech in which he slammed WICB and called their behaviour and attitude ‘disappointing.’
Fellow player Dwayne Bravo too echoed Sammy’s sentiments and said that he, along with many other players, were shunned from the 50-over format by the WICB while adding that the country’s cricket is ‘not in right hands’.
He even went to the extent of admitting that even other cricket boards like BCCI were doing more for them than WICB:
Unfortunately WICB didn’t take Sammy’s comment against the board lightly and called it “inappropriate”. Soon after the finals, they issued a statement:
While it was indeed joyous watching the players from West Indies dancing merrily after the victory, the thought that these very talented players are struggling for salaries and other matters with their board is a concern that needs to be addressed for the survival of cricket in the Caribbean islands.