Smith says sorry to Bravo
CASTRIES – Barbados captain Dwayne Smith might not have broken any rules but he has apologised to Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for running him out after he backed-up too far at the non strikers’ end in their Caribbean Twenty20 match on Wednesday night.
The Barbados captain has described the incident as an “offsetting moment” and said he has apologised personally to Bravo who scored only three runs before starting his march back to the pavilion.
The dismissal has been a subject of heated discussion and although it is within the bowlers’ rights if the batsman tries to steal an advantage by backing-up too far, it is rare at any level of cricket and widely seen as unsporting.
Commentators broadcasting the game were in agreement that Smith was within his rights to run-out Bravo.
“I think it was something bad to do and especially to Dwayne Bravo who I know for so long,” Smith said.
“To me, it’s an offsetting moment and I think I would have to say that I am very sorry to him. I have spoken to him already”.
The incident happened as the defending champions were cruising to a five wicket win over Barbados, leaving the losers with only a slim chance of reaching the playoffs.
Some team members did not shake hands after the match as a result of the incident but they are reported to have said that the matter is now behind them.
Bravo says he has accepted Smith’s apology.
“Even though it’s the rule, all of us don’t really play the game that way. The heat of the moment got the better of him. He already messaged me,” Bravo said.
“He waited for me until I got off the bus and approached then also apologised to me. He did it publicly also so most definitely his apology is accepted and I hope that he doesn’t allow that to get him down,” Bravo said.
Last summer a similar incident occurred in English county cricket sparking anger in some quarters. Surrey were booed from the field and called “a disgrace to cricket” by angry spectators after their Indian spinner Murali Kartik ran out Somerset batsman Alex Barrow for backing up too far. (windiescricket)††