ANTIGUA: Former West Indian skipper Sir Vivian Richards has said that International Cricket Council (ICC) had different rules for its member countries.
In an interview to a foreign news agency, Legend cricketer slammed ICC over reprimanding West Indies side following their World Twenty20 win. He said that the members are held to different standards and India has been given a free pass due to its financial position.
“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,” Richards said.
“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,” he said.
It should be noted that batsman Marlon Samuels was fined over celebrating his side’s World T20 win by removing his shirt and was also involved in a spat with England’s Ben Stokes. Skipper Darren Sammy had criticized the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the post match presentation as well.
The former West Indies batsman believed that the cricket’s governing body has different rules for different teams.
“When you look around the world in terms of the governance of the ICC, there are rules for some and not for others,” he said.
The governing body of the sport had stated that the statements and actions of the West Indies team had brought disgrace to the event.