Vivian Richards defends Darren Sammy

The International Cricket Council (ICC), has come under fire from former West Indies Cricket Captain, Sir Vivian Richards, for reprimanding Twenty20 Captain, Darren Sammy and West Indian players.

Sir Viv was quoted in the Antigua Observer newspaper as saying that in terms of the governance of the ICC, there are rules for some and not others.

The ICC on Monday had criticized West Indian players as a result of comments made by Darren Sammy.

Sammy made the comments following his team’s Twenty20 World Cup victory over England in the finals played in India.

He had launched a scathing attack on West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for failing to communicate with the team, terming the attitude as “disappointing”.

The ICC described Sammy’s comments as both inappropriate and disrespectful.

The sport’s governing body asserted that the comments had brought cricket into disrepute and said serious consideration had been given to bringing code of conduct charges against the players, which could have resulted in fines or bans.

However Sir Vivian Richards has said that there are more serious issues plaguing cricket.

He noted that India is yet to introduce the use of television replays for international or ICC sanctioned matches.

“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 are going to be this and you are going to be that,” Sir Viv said.


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