Emotional Sammy disappointed by lack of WICB support

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during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final match between England and West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.

during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final match between England and West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.

ESPNCRICINFO – I want to thank the almighty, because without him nothing is possible.

We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher, he keeps on praying. We are a praying team. I’m really happy for this win and it’s something we are going to cherish for a long time.

I’ve said we have 15 match-winners. Nobody gave us a chance but every game somebody stepped up and took responsibility. To see Carlos [Brathwaite] play like that in his debut World Cup, it’s just tremendous. It shows the depth we have in the Caribbean in T20 cricket and hopefully with the right structure and development our cricket will continue to improve in one-day and Test cricket.

We started this journey … we all know we had … people were wondering whether we would play this tournament. We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas described our team as a team with no brains.

All these things before the tournament just brought this team together. I really want to thank these 15 men, the ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans, it’s just tremendous.

I personally also want to thank the coaching staff, coach Phil, he’s been through a lot, and to come here and the way he’s coached the team, he’s just brilliant. All the other coaching staff, who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawl Lewis, he had never managed any team before. He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printed … he left Dubai, went to Kolkata, that’s where he started.

The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform … I got to give credit to the entire team here, it was us in our own little circle, this win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.

Lastly I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM, throughout this tournament they have been supporting the team, we’ve got emails, we’ve got phone calls, Prime Minister [Keith] Mitchell [from Grenada]. He sent a very inspiring email for the team this morning … and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.

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5 comments

  1. Sammy was emotional but these were his true feelings...Well Done boys, you have made us proud West indian fans once again!

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  2. Bravo!!! I'll be honest to say I am not a fan on cricket but the love,respect and pride showed today.. Keep up the positive vibe Sammy and crew!!

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  3. Good Sammy.Congratulations.many did not believe we had a chance including the WICB.Now they have to lick their wounds.well done guys you all could not allow the women putting you all in the shade.As a west indian i am very proud.

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  4. I'm .ot a cricket fan but I follow this because my fiancee is a true supporter of this team, and when they were down with 4 balls to go it seemed Impossile I e.couraged him to remain A believer what an I.credible win this was for the team a.d the fans. I believe that champions are born through adversity. I pray that this same tenacity will be pervasive throughout the teams play and management. WI you are champions. God bless you all

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  5. Sammy enjoy your win. Dont politicise it . leave the board out of it, your pal Ernesto Destructo was a disgrace to the WICB. Treated the players like shit. He demoralised Chanderpaul such a talented player. That was corrected. and rightly so. Time to move forward and do the Windies proud, take the helm and know that while you are not aware many more are pulling for you to succeed than bringing you down.

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