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The International Cricket Council has publicly criticised the West Indies team for their conduct after winning the World Twenty20 tournament in India, saying it had considered bringing disciplinary charges against the players.
West Indies beat England by four wickets in the April 3 final after Carlos Brathwaite blasted four straight sixes in the final over.
After meeting on Sunday at its headquarters in Dubai, the ICC board said "certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute".
The ICC "acknowledged an apology by the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) but was disappointed to note that such behaviour had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final".
After winning the final, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said "we had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board" and added "I'm yet to hear from our own cricket board; that is very disappointing."
Sammy's teammates backed their captain in his criticism of the WICB, following a dispute over players' contracts.
ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said: "The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, one's opponents, the sponsors and the fans."
The board said "very serious consideration had been given to bringing code of conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players" and that it "was not acceptable conduct at ICC events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe."
The ICC reaction comes hot on the heels of Ben Stokes' recent comments, with the Englishman saying he felt some West Indies players had lacked grace in victory.
Stokes has had a long-running feud with Marlon Samuels and the two clashed once again in the final, the result being a fine to the Jamaican in the wash-up.
"I knew you had to let the winning team have 10 minutes to celebrate winning the World Cup," Stokes was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
"At the same time, you have also got to play the game in the right way when it’s finished.
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"A few of those West Indies guys didn’t do that – Marlon (Samuels) being one of them, which was unfortunate. He won’t be on my Christmas card list or anything else really.
"People have battles on the field but also you have to respect people who do well and he played a brilliant innings, he played a massive hand in winning them the World Cup.
"You have to say, 'he got the better of us and of me that day'.
"But there’s a fine line between having a battle and not being gracious in victory."