Bravo recalled to West Indies T20 squad
Dwayne Bravo, after coming out of international retirement last month, has been named in the West Indies T20 squad for their three-match T20I series against Ireland. Rovman Powell also earned a recall.
The last time Bravo played a T20I match was way back in September 2016 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, and he had announced his retirement from international cricket two years later in October 2018. However, the 36-year-old confirmed in December 2019 that he was coming out of T20I retirement with the hope of securing a spot in the squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
According to West Indies selector Roger Harper, the reason for recalling Bravo was to boost their death bowling.
“Dwayne Bravo was recalled with the specific intention of bolstering our ‘death’ bowling which was identified as an area that really needs improving. His record in this department speaks for itself. He will also be able to act as a mentor to the other ‘death’ bowlers and lend his experience wherever needed,” he said.
Bravo has so far played 66 T20Is, scoring 1142 runs and taking 52 wickets. He has also the record of playing more than 450 T20 matches in total, currently the second highest behind Kieron Pollard.
The three-match T20I series between West Indies and Ireland will roll onto the ground on January 15, with the first match to be played in Grenada. The next two games will take place in St Kitts on January 18 and 19.
West Indies Squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams.