ICC slams ‘disrespectful’ West Indies

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), blasted the West Indies cricket team for the behaviour of some of its players following the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in India earlier this month.In an unusual step yesterday, the ICC labelled the players’ behaviour as “inappropriate and disrespectful” and argued that it “brought the event into disrepute”.In a statement following a meeting of its board over the weekend, the ICC said it had even given “serious consideration” to bringing sanctions against the players.INAPPROPRIATE”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 governing body said.”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.”West Indies beat England by four wickets in a dramatic final over in Kolkata to win their second Twenty20 World Cup, following their triumph four years ago in Sri Lanka.Many of the Caribbean players celebrated wildly afterwards, with some removing their shirts as they danced in delight.West Indies captain Darren Sammy also stunned many by openly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the official post-game interview and highlighting the players’ ongoing pay dispute, which had marred the build-up to the tournament.Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels was also fined for his verbal tirade against bowler Ben Stokes during the final over of the game.While not specifying exactly what behaviour the ICC found offensive, the ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, said the Windies players actions were not “acceptable conduct” for ICC events.”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.”The Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players and 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.”Following Sammy’s interview, WICB president Dave Cameron also tendered an apology for what the board deemed to be his “inappropriate” comments and promised to investigate.last_img read more

Gary Lineker backs Harry Kane to carry England burden at World Cup

first_imgBut while Lineker boasted a lethal record in tournament football, scoring six times in the 1986 World Cup and adding another four at Italia 90, his successor drew a blank at Euro 2016.He has since extended his Three Lions tally to 13 in 24 caps and has been handed the armband in Russia, a show of faith Lineker expects to pay dividends.“Harry is our talisman, you know he won’t be scared of it, you know he deals with these sort of things and he will relish it,” he said.“I am sure he will do well. Harry is one of the best strikers in the world, it is great that we have got him.“Like all strikers he just needs to hit the form at the right time, you can never be sure in a major tournament because you need the team to play well.”Lineker will be in Russia anchoring the BBC’s coverage but will not be seeking a mentoring role with a player who has established his own pedigree over the past four Premier League seasons.“It’s not my place to go and tell people what to do, but if anyone ever asks for my advice I am more than happy to give it,” he said.“He knows what to expect, he has just got to play his game, exactly the same game he plays for Tottenham.“If he does that and strikes form at the right time then he will do well. He doesn’t need anyone to tell him that, it’s all about delivering and enjoying it.” 1 Gary Lineker has backed Harry Kane to shoulder the dual burden of being England’s World Cup captain and primary goalscorer.Like Lineker before him, Kane has gone from being a prolific Tottenham striker to his country’s most feared threat on the international stage.last_img read more