‘I have never turned my back on West Indies, it is them who turned their back’

The problem between the West Indies Cricket Board and their players is something which is going on for a long long time. Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard – everyone had problems with the board. And, with Dwayne Bravo it was no different.

The latest to the incident is Bravo has hit back at Cricket West Indies (CWI) for building a perception that he isn’t interested in playing one-day internationals. The 34-year old allrounder hasn’t played one in nearly four years, but he insists that such a situation arose because of a lack of clarity from the selectors regarding his role in the team as opposed to his not wanting to play ODIs.

While announcing West Indies’ for the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers, Browne was quoted in a CWI release saying, “Dwayne Bravo was not contacted as he had indicated previously that he is no longer available to play cricket for the West Indies.”

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In reply to that, Bravo has hit back: “Let me make it clear that I have never had any conversation in last six months with the chairman or anyone from board about any West Indies cricket. The only time we spoke about cricket was during the T20 series in Dubai 2016 when he said I was poison to West indies cricket and bad influence on young players, ridiculously.”

Bravo added: “What I said recently in an interview with a journalist in the Bangladesh Premier League was that, however, I don’t see myself playing 50-overs cricket again, despite my interest, because of the lack of communication from the board. So I would challenge the chairman to say otherwise.”

Bravo (in a low voice): “I was dropped from the Test team at age of 26, in 2010, before I retired in 2015 after being fed up of asking the selectors when I’d play again. I was dropped from the one-day team before the 2015 World Cup. I have never turned my back on West Indies cricket, it is them who have turned their back on me.”

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