KOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy courted controversy here yesterday when he hit out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for its lack of support following his side’s capture of the Twenty20 World Cup.Speaking after West Indies stunned England by four wickets to clinch the title at Eden Gardens, Sammy told post-match presenter Nasser Hussain that while the team had been inspired by the professionalism of the management staff and messages of support from Caribbean nation grouping, CARICOM, they had heard nothing from board officials.”I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM. Throughout this tournament, they have been supporting the team. We’ve got e-mails, we’ve got calls,” Sammy said.”Prime Minister (Keith) Mitchell (from Grenada). I know what he is trying to do and I really want to thank him. He sent a very inspiring message for the team this morning … and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.”CELEBRATEHe continued: “For today, I’m going to celebrate with these 15 men and coaching staff. I don’t know when I’m going to be playing with these guys again because we don’t get selected for one-day cricket.”We don’t know when we’re going to be playing T20. So, this win, I want to thank you, my team, I want to thank you, coaching staff … everybody knows West Indies are champion!”The comments come against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse and while he assured the Caribbean then that West Indies would commit to playing the tournament, he also hinted that the issues were far from settled.Yesterday, he once again alluded to the impasse, noting that the “disrespect” shown to the side by the WICB, along with other criticisms from media personalities, had helped to fire up the team.”We started this journey … we all know we had (issues). People were wondering whether we would play this tournament,” he explained.”We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas (cricket analyst) described our team as a team with no brains (in a pre-tournament preview). All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.”I really want to thank these 15 men. The ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans, it’s just tremendous.”DIFFICULTIESSammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to sort out some administrative difficulties during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.”I personally also want to thank the coaching staff. Coach Phil (Simmons), he’s been through a lot, and to come here and the way he’s coached the team, he’s just brilliant,” Sammy noted.”All the other coaching staff who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawl Lewis. He had never managed any team before. He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printing.”He left Dubai, went to Kolkata. That’s where we started. The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform, I’ve got to give credit to the entire team here. It was us in our own little circle. This win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.”West Indies became the first side to win two T20 World Cups when they defeated England by four wickets in the final at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
Dear Readers, When I wrote a few weeks ago about what I see as a positive trend – the growing acceptability of men crying in public, even at work – Hurricane Katrina had yet to rain down on us. Since then, lots of men and women have been sobbing in the streets. Holding in sadness, horror, confusion and pain has not been an option – certainly not for the victims of this natural disaster and national challenge. But it’s also proved difficult for several of the hard-edged, competitive journalists who have witnessed the devastation firsthand. Jeanne Meserve, a distinguished CNN reporter, broke down in tears during an audio report with Aaron Brown. In my view, her inability to contain her emotions is far more telling than all the words and pictures from Mississippi and New Orleans flooding the airwaves. By expressing her personal feelings, Meserve enhanced her professional performance. Several readers have written in response to that previous column: one to gripe, others to recount their saddest moments at work. Here’s what they said: Dear Leslie, I did cry at work. My wife called me to tell me her doctor felt a lump on her breast. I broke down. My wife’s sister has cancer. My wife told me not to cry. I couldn’t even talk. I came home from work. I wasn’t able to think straight. My wife was happy I came home to be with her while she made more doctor’s appointments. Dear Leslie, Years ago I decided to leave my job and start a home-based business. When I gave notice, my boss said it would be hard to find someone to replace me, and he shed a few tears. I had never seen him cry; he was a large, masculine man. I was very moved. Before I left that job, I helped him find a new employee with skills and background similar to mine. MAD AS HECK Dear Leslie, Haven’t you “goody-two shoes” women “castrated” enough men in the last 30 years? You are not a man, so shut up and let us men be the way that has worked for us all, male and female, since the beginning of time. Dear Readers, I hesitated to run the last letter because I could not think of anything to write that would make a difference to this correspondent. But I would welcome hearing from any readers who have a more thoughtful response. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Dear Leslie, I had been in business for 22 years when our largest customer (a customer for 21 years) informed me that we had been neglecting him, overcharging him by charging him the same rates as someone who walked in off the street, and that he was leaving us. We had never lost a client for dissatisfaction before. I called a meeting of our top five managers. I paced the floor and, facing the wall with tears in my eyes, blurted out that we wouldn’t be doing any more work for our longtime client. I cried again two years later when I had to lay off two of those managers, one a 15-year employee, due to lack of business. My wife of 46 years died six months ago. I have cried a lot since then.