Sammy defends Best

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West Indies Twenty20 International captain Darren Sammy has defended fast bowler Tino Best, after a nasty spat with Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik earlier this month.

West Indies Twenty20 International captain Darren Sammy has defended fast bowler Tino Best, after a nasty spat with Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik earlier this month.

Best and Malik shared a heated exchange during the Caribbean Premier League fixture between the Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks at the Kensington Oval recently.

"Tino is a special character. The more I've played with him, the more I grew to understand him and the person he is. 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," said Sammy.

"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.

"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 animated Best is expected to be named in the Windies' squad for September's two-Test series against Bangladesh, which will be preceded by three ODIs and a one-off T20I.

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