QPlay: Sachin Supports WI, Sammy ‘Inappropriate’, Waqar Steps Down

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Published05 Apr 2016, 12:43 AM IST
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WICB Slams Skipper Sammy for ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Monday hit back at captain Darren Sammy after he criticised it in the wake of his side’s victory over England in the World Twenty20 final at Kolkata in India.

Sammy said after the match that his team felt “disrespected by our board”, referring to the lengthy pay dispute that had put their participation in the tournament in jeopardy.

The president would like to, however, apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy in a post-match interview and would like to apologise on behalf of the WICB to the millions of fans who witnessed (sic). The president has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.
WICB Statement

Sachin Speaks Out for WI Cricketers

Hailing the West Indies as “true champions” for winning their second ICC World T20 title, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said that cricket’s governing body in the Caribbeans should support the players and address their concerns.

WI players emerged true champions overcoming challenges on & off the field. West Indian Board should support them & address their concerns.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Tweet
Shahid Afridi with coach Waqar Younis during a previous practice session. (Photo: PTI)
Shahid Afridi with coach Waqar Younis during a previous practice session. (Photo: PTI)

PCB Disbands Selection Committee After World T20 Debacle

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has disbanded its national selection committee in the wake of the national team’s debacle in the Asia Cup and the just-concluded World T20.

The PCB announced it was disbanding the selection committee headed by Haroon Rasheed with immediate effect on the recommendations of the fact-finding committee formed by the Board to probe into the team’s poor performances.

A new selection committee will be announced in due course of time. Shahid Afridi was appointed T20 captain up till the World T20 and with the event now concluded and as per the recommendations of the fact-finding committee, the PCB will shortly announce a new T20 captain in place of Afridi.
PCB Statement
Waqar Younis. (Photo: ANI)
Waqar Younis. (Photo: ANI)

Waqar Younis Resigns as Pakistan Chief Coach

Underfire Pakistan coach Waqar Younis resigned from his post on Monday with “a heavy heart”, saying the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not pay any heed to his recommendations and as a result the team was not “moving forward”.

I am resigning from my post today with a heavy heart. I have done it because of the failure of the cricket board to take my recommendations seriously after the 2015 World Cup.
Waqar Younis

Shahid Afridi had yesterday quit T20 team’s captaincy due to their poor performance at the World Twenty20, where they managed just one win at the Group stage. They lost to top teams including arch-rivals India, New Zealand and Australia while managed just one win against Bangladesh.

Virat Kohli during a team practice session. (Photo: AP)
Virat Kohli during a team practice session. (Photo: AP)

Virat Kohli Named Captain of World T20 XI

India’s batting star Virat Kohli was named captain of the ICC World Twenty20 XI, which also featured veteran seamer Ashish Nehra.

A select group of former cricketers and commentators picked up both the men’s and women’s teams for all conditions on the basis of the players’ performances in the World T20, which concluded here last night with West Indies winning both the titles.

Besides two Indians, the men’s team also comprised four players from runners-up England, two from the West Indies and one each from Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and South Africa. It also included a 12th man in Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh. The team did not feature any Pakistani player.

Men’s World T20 XI: Jason Roy (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa, wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (India, captain), Joe Root (England), Jos Buttler (England), Shane Watson (Australia), Andre Russell (West Indies), Mitchell Santner (New Zealand), David Willey (England), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Ashish Nehra (India), 12th man -- Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh).

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