West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has launched a scathing attack on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) calling them "most unprofessional". He called the president Dave Cameron "immature", "small-minded" and "arrogant", and someone who believes he is at war with his own players. Bravo spoke about the board during a Skype interview with CNC3, a television network based out of Trinidad and Tobago.
Bravo has had a chequered history with the WICB, as he was the captain when the West Indies pulled-out in the middle of a One Day International (ODI) series against India in 2014 over player-payment issues and has not featured in the ODI side since then. He has also been removed as captain of the regional Trinidad and Tobago team in the domestic tournament.
Darren Sammy had criticised the West Indies Cricket Board following their win over England in the finals of the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Bravo felt the criticism was justified as they had no support from the board throughout the tournament.
"No I am not surprised (by Sammy's comments), we have had enough as players. Too much times people come down on the players, they questioned our commitment, they questioned whether we were really committed to West Indies cricket or is it just the money. A lot of people don't understand the things we go through as players dealing with our board. It's the most unprofessional board to me, Sammy spoke from his heart. There is nothing wrong with Sammy's speech and I support Darren Sammy 100%", Bravo said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
"The board refused to listen to what we have to say. It reached a point where we can't take it no more and that itself encouraged us to go out there and win despite the challenges we have. Even our own board did not think we were going to win the tournament, we are yet to hear from the president, yet to hear from the CEO, yet to hear from the director of cricket. I mean how can you represent the region, and the people who are supposed to be your bosses and in charge of you don't even wish you well, don't even support you."
"So I was not surprised at Sammy's speech because he spoke from his heart. And it's something that the Caribbean people need to understand, we're not happy with the way how our cricket is being run."
Bravo has been an integral part of the T20 side that won both the ICC T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016. He will now take part in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2016 where he will play for the Gujarat Lions alongside Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum.