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St Lucia Zouks captain Darren Sammy and mentor Andy Roberts have both admitted that pace bowler Tino Best needs to learn to keep his cool.
Sammy and Roberts’ comments come after Best was fined 60 per cent of his match fee for two separate charges during an on-field spat with Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who is representing the Barbados Tridents.
“Tino is a special character. The more I’ve played with him, the more I grew to understand him and the person he is,” Sammy said. “In any cricket game, you want to play in the true spirit of the game. I hope it gets better because he’s not a young man. But he’s still integral to our team.
“Once we control him and use his head a bit more wisely, he’s a good asset for us. The cricket is being played on the field. We’ve spoken to Tino and I see all of you [the media] all pointing towards Tino Best, but there were two guys involved in the incident. It was not just one person.
“Everybody keeps jumping on Tino, Tino, Tino. It takes two hands to clap. We’ve dealt with it the best way possible and we’re moving on now.”
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) management also confirmed that they are investigating an incident at the hotel in which both teams were staying at after the match.
According to sources, Barbados captain Kieron Pollard had been involved in the incident. But, Roberts claimed that Pollard had in fact started the incident.
“Not for a lack of trying, I’ve spoken to Tino,” Roberts said. “Many people have, over and over again. Cricket is also a mental game, not just about talent. After the hotel incident, I spoke to Pollard about it and he was apologetic.
“This sort of thing could hurt Tino’s career on a regional and international level. It’s been happening for years now and he needs to learn. Back when I played, we didn’t do much talking. We just did our jobs with the ball and had a glare. You need to be mentally strong and disciplined. You can’t be taught that. Either you have it or you don’t.”