Dwayne Bravo retires from International cricket

Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from all formats of International cricket but he will continue to play for T20 franchises. 

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The 35-year-old made his debut in 2004, and played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is, although his last international appearance was more than two years ago, in a T20I against Pakistan in September 2016.

“Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.”

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However he will play the franchise cricket for some more years. In his statement Bravo mentioned that he wants to nake way for the Caribbean Youngsters to play at International level.

“However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players.”

In 164 One Day Internationals, Bravo scored 2,968 runs at an average of 25.36. He snatched 199 wickets and his best figures were 6/43. In T20 cricket, which he is most known for, he cracked 1142 runs at an average of 24.29 and took 52 wickets. His best bowling figures in the shortest format of the game was 4/28.

The all-rounder further expressed, “I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age. I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize my efforts on and off the field.

I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion.”

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