One rule for WI, another for India: Sir Viv on ICC warning WT20 champs

  • PTI, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2016 18:24 IST
Sir Viv Richards criticised the ICC’s warning for West Indies’ celebration in the World T20 final, saying the governing body had different rules for India and Darren Sammy’s West Indies team. (Getty Images)

West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards lashed out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its official reprimand of World T20 champions West Indies, stating that cricket’s governing body has one rule for the Darren Sammy-led outfit and another for the Indian team.

Top cricketers like T20 captain Darren Sammy, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels had come down heavily on West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the way it functioned.

At the ICC Board meeting recently in Dubai, the parent body came out with a statement that West Indies players had been “inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute”.

Read | ICC slams West Indies players’ behaviour after World T20 final win

The reprimand did not go down well with Richards.

“There are rules in the one-day game under the auspices of the ICC, like for instance the system where you go back to the third umpire and things like that,” he told the ‘Jamaican Observer’ newspaper.

“So, if you are the sole governing body of world cricket, then everyone should be coming under the same umbrella. The Indians do not play certain things the ICC may have in its rules. They totally ignore that and they have been getting away with it for years,” Richards said, indicating that India get away because of their clout in the governing body.

An angry Richards added: “I am only trying to hit back because of what they are trying to do because of Sammy’s comments. They are trying to be a body that if you say this, it’s out of order then you’re going to be this and you’re going to be that.”

“When you look around the world in terms of the governance of the ICC, there are rules for some and not others,” he said.

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