Bravo’s lawsuit stalls reconciliation

Darren Bravo appears to have rejected the chance of a return to the West Indies side by launching a claim for damages against the WICB.

Bravo, who has not played for West Indies since he was sent home from Zimbabwe in November 2016 following his criticism of board president, Dave Cameron, is claiming lost earnings of around US$120,000 based upon what he could have made from ODIs against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, BPL and PSL contracts, and regional Caribbean competitions.

The claim has come as a surprise to officials at WICB who believed they were on the verge of a reconciliation with Bravo. They are also surprised at the suggestion he was prevented from playing in the BPL or PSL as no application for an NOC (no objection certificate) was made ahead of either tournament and, when Bravo did apply for such a certificate ahead of the IPL, it was granted immediately.

“It is true that Darren has initiated legal action against us,” WICB chief executive Johnny Grave told ESPNcricinfo. “It has come as a surprise as I was under the impression we had agreed a way back for him. I’m very disappointed and yes, a bit frustrated.”

Darren Bravo

Grave believed he had made significant progress towards resolving the stand-off with Bravo. Having inherited the disagreement when he was appointed at the start of this year, Grave gained agreement from Cameron over a partial apology to Bravo (the president is prepared to acknowledge he was wrong to suggest Bravo had ever received a Grade A contract from WICB). He also thought he had agreed on the wording of an apology from Bravo to the president with Bravo’s legal advisors. Indeed, he was hoping news of Bravo’s reconciliation could be announced during the ODI series against England with a view to him playing in the Test series against Pakistan.

As things stand, though, Bravo’s tweet calling the president a “big idiot” has not been deleted and the apology has not been made public by Bravo. The launching of legal proceedings against the board on the eve of West Indies’ series against Pakistan suggest a conflict still exists.

“I just want what is best for West Indies cricket,” Grave said. “And having the best players available is part of that. Of course a player of Darren’s experience would be an asset.

“I thought everything was agreed with his legal advisors. We didn’t want this to play out publicly but yes, it is true, his attorney is asking for damages and West Indies supporters deserve an explanation as to why he is not in the squad in Jamaica.

“There is still a lot of sympathy for Darren. He was frustrated at the time of that tweet and we understand that. We want to move on and we want to move on with him. But that issue does have to be resolved before he can play for West Indies.

“We have a talented young side who are working hard and have a great attitude. They may lack a bit of experience right now, but we’re playing a lot of cricket this year and we hope that will help them progress. If Darren wants to be part of that, he is welcome. You’d have to ask him whether he does.

“The door remains open for Darren. We would love him to be playing for us and we will continue to work towards that. But I am scratching my head at this point wondering what more we can do.”

One of the causes of disagreement between the board and the players in recent times has been the insistence that they should be available to play in domestic cricket in order to be considered eligible for the West Indies sides. While there is yet to be any formal announcement of a change in that policy, both Grave and new director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, have hinted they are in favour of a more flexible approach and it is likely a change will be confirmed in October when the new central contracts are announced. It is also likely WICB will bring in separate red- and white-ball contracts.

It is also understood there will be no clash between West Indies’ international schedule and the IPL in 2018 or 2019. That would allow players to sign contracts with the WICB (worth somewhere in the region of USD130,000) and appear in the most lucrative T20 league. Bravo has an IPL contract with Kolkata Knight Riders worth around USD74,000 though he is yet to appear in this year’s tournament.

Source: (cricinfo)

7 Responses to Bravo’s lawsuit stalls reconciliation

  1. Waiting April 22, 2017 at 6:29 am

    West Indies Cricket will never rise again due to the financial pull of the T20 Leagues that will pull away our players. Every single one of them will be lured away to the detriment of the game here. Until we can pay our players more or they have more pride in our game, we are spinning top in mud. Sorry to say it but that is how I see it looking from afar.

  2. Alex Alleyne April 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Just look at the $$$$$$ he has lost by not playing for WI.

  3. orlando April 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

    J A Bravo cant you see some greedy lawyer just want your money that you didnt work so hard for. first of all nobody believe you were offered contracts in those 20/20 leagues so cut that out . you was disrespectful to your boss . say sorry and move on . or you can always go and work in the oil fields like the regular man.and if your boss is a big idiot the why would he want to give you a NOC . GO GET IT ON YOUR OWN. or get your brother get it for ya . he got clout.

  4. Alex Alleyne April 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Bravo my friend, you will have a better case if it was a “sexual law suit”.

  5. Mikey April 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Nobody has yet realized that all the T20’s, Big Bashes etc are making millionaires out of International cricketers !/It is a pity that so many Caribbean cricket fans still have this Boss & Servant mentality. Tell the WICB and its administrators to find a new sports “Flying Kites”. Bravo and Others go and work for your Monies in India, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh. Flush WI cricket down the toilet bowl.

  6. harry turnover April 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    This woman Mikey is she own boss that is why she talking big.

  7. harry turnover April 23, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This IDIOT was offered a contract of US $100,000….. REFUSED IT….say he worth more than that and now wants to sue the Board for MORE citing future earnings went down the drain.
    What is stopping the Board from saying that by refusing the contract and as an experienced player his action caused the WI to lose revenue ,lessen the peoples interest ,weakened the team etc and therefore seek damages too.
    What is stopping Cameron from seeking damages for loss of respect,embarrassment to him and his family and other things which a Lawyer fresh out of the Hugh Wooding Law School can pursue and WIN hands down.
    OK BRAVO go ahead and seek damages let ya Lawyer cah way ya brudda money .You tink you one could sue…YA IDIOT !!


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