It didn’t take long for controversy to follow West Indies after the Caribbean side won the men’s ICC World Twenty20 Championship in thrilling fashion.
Following the match, Marlon Samuels — who was named Player of the Final — had some choice words for England bowler Ben Stokes before taking aim at Australia’s Shane Warne. Those are two players with whom Samuels has had a history of trash talk.
“He doesn’t learn,” Samuels said of Stokes. “They keep telling him whenever he played against me, do not speak to me. Because I’m going to perform. I didn’t even face a ball and he had so much to say today. So I know I have to be right there till the end again.”
Stokes and Samuels were seen jawing at each other at certain points throughout the game. Samuels was fined 30-percent of his match fee for his behaviour.
Other Windies players offered words of support for Stokes, who gave up four-straight sixes to Carlos Brathwaite to allow the Windies to win it.
Samuels then added, “I played a test series in Australia and everything, Shane Warne has a problem with me. “I don’t know what. I’ve never disrespected him. It seems as if he has a lot inside of him that needs to come out. So I don’t appreciate the way he continues to talk about me and the things that he keeps doing. I don’t know — maybe because my face is real and his face is not.”
Meanwhile Captain Darren Sammy criticised the West Indies Cricket Board shortly after the win, saying the team didn’t feel support from the WICB.
The WICB responded with this statement:
“The President (Whycliffe Cameron) would like to 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 apologize on behalf of the WICB, to the millions of fans who witnessed (sic),” read a statement.
“The President has pledged to inquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.”