Windies celebration on winning WT20 annoys ICC

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday expressed its displeasure over the behavior of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the World T20 final saying certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute.


The ICC said this in a statement issued after its Executive Board held its second meeting of 2016 at the ICC Headquarters here.

The board acknowledged an apology by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) but was disappointed to note that such behavior had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final.

“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,” said ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar.

“Very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behavior of the West Indies players,” said the statement, adding that the board emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC Events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe.

The ICC board however congratulated the WICB for completing an unprecedented treble by winning the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 as well as women’s and men’s titles at the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016.

ICC also complemented the BCB and the BCCI for the successful staging of these events and also thanked its broadcasters, commercial partners, fans and media for their support in making these events a success from a fan engagement perspective.