Bravo reveals reason behind pulling out 2014 India tour
Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who recently retired from international cricket has opened up and revealed the story on the pull-out of 2014 India tour.
It’s not a secret anymore that problems between the Windies players and the Windies Cricket Board are going on since ages and Bravo has revealed that due to the players’ dispute with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
Bravo, who was the captain of the side during that time toured India to play hree Tests, five ODIs and one T20 international. But in the end, they pulled out midway through the tour after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala.
The reason was regarding payment of the players and the board communicated to the BCCI that it was left with no choice after a contracts fallout with the players. And Bravo didn’t play an ODI for Windies ever since then.
Bravo opened up and revealed the story on i955fm, a Trinidad-based radio station:
“The only thing I would do differently is tape everyone. Record everyone who was in there. “I’m the only player that really paid for what happened in India. The only one who never get the opportunity to play one-day cricket again. I made a stand, as the captain, as the leader of the team, for the best interest of my players, and by extension the players who have come and played for West Indies cricket. At the end of the day, it wasn’t fair on our bosses to send us on tour and cut the guys’ contract by 75 percent. It was just really unfair.”
“The next time we hear from WIPA, or see anything about our contract or new figures, was in October, when the team was already in India. When the team arrived in India – I was already there playing Champions League for Chennai Super Kings – couple of the players message me, ‘skipper, did you see the new contract?’ I said, no.”
“When you look at it, you see, straight across the board, the players’ salary was cut by 75 percent. That’s where it really, really happened, where everything broke down. I straightaway get on to Wavell Hinds. He says: ‘Bravo, tell the players do not sign the contract, it’s not still cast in stone, do not sign the contract,” Bravo addded.
Bravo also revealed that a message came for him from the the then BCCI President N Srinivasan requesting them to go ahead and play the game.
“I remember fully well before we said we weren’t going to play the first game, 3 am in the morning, I get a message from the BCCI boss, the old one, Mr [N] Srinivasan, that ‘please take the field.’ I listened to him – and woke up at 6 am to tell the team that we have to play. And everyone was against playing. Everyone thought that I panicked and chickened out and all these things,”
“But I was more concerned about the players’ future more than anything else, because it was a serious decision to not play and walk away from the tour. All of us could have been banned for life. So by taking the opportunity and listening to the bosses of BCCI, that was one way to ensure that we are protected,” he concluded.