‘Bravo’s fate in his hands’

With the tour of England looming, chief selector Courtney Browne has said there is still no timetable for Darren Bravo’s return to the West Indies side.

In fact, Browne told the Massy United Insurance Line and Length TV show that the responsibility was now on the 28-year Trinidadian to indicate his availability, with a solution to the impasse already on the table.

“I’m not sure [when he will be available for selection again], as I have said many times,” Browne said.

“There was some agreement between both parties (the West Indies Cricket Board and Bravo) but I think the ball really is in Darren’s court now to determine that (availability).”

Bravo and the WICB have been locked in an impasse ever since the player was sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November for a controversial tweet in which he labelled WICB president Dave Cameron “a big idiot”.

Darren Bravo & Courtney Browne

Last month, newly-appointed WICB chief executive officer Johnny Grave said a deal had been struck with Bravo’s representatives but that move stalled because of legal action the player initiated against the board.

“I thought everything was agreed with his legal advisors,” the Englishman said recently.

“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 [West Indies] squad.”

However, a week later, Bravo’s lawyers refuted Grave’s assertion, contending no agreement had been reached while stressing that the player remained committed to playing for West Indies but “in an environment of mutual trust, confidence and respect.”

The left-handed Bravo, the region’s premier Test batsman with an average of 40 from 49 Tests, was missed during the recent three-Test series against Pakistan which West Indies lost 2-1, to hand the visitors their first-ever win on Caribbean soil in nearly six decades.

Only last October, he made a superb hundred and a half-century in the opening Test against Pakistan in Dubai, nearly helping West Indies to avoid defeat.

His replacement in the recent Test series – 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer – proved inadequate managing a paltry 96 runs from six innings.

West Indies are set to play three Tests away to England starting in August and Browne said his panel would continue to focus on players who were available.

“We can just work with the people that we have now as a selection panel and if and when Darren decides to come back, we will look at that,” the former Test wicketkeeper said.  

Source: (CMC)

8 Responses to ‘Bravo’s fate in his hands’

  1. Randy Bridgeman May 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    These two need to cease acting like quarrelling teenage lovers, kiss and make up, get back to their respective tasks, all in the best interest of WI cricket.

  2. Walter Prescod May 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    The WICB has no respect for the players present and past.

  3. chad May 23, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I realize sum of you ppl seem to have a problem with the board but none with the players as if to say they are allowed to da as theylike bcs they are plsyers. But ill like to remind you’ll that even in hell there are rules n reģulation so if they wanna play in a team that have no rules then they should leave the wi team n go form one of there own without rules ..

  4. Fan May 23, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The administration of the sport is always easy prey. We never hold the players responsible for their poor performances on or off the field of play. The BCA has in place a programme of preparation and support like nothing that has ever existed, yet the players continue to produce substandard performances. What else can be done? Maybe a team of psychologist should be added to the team!

  5. Donild Trimp May 23, 2017 at 10:07 am

    The Bravo issue is a throwback to the plantation mentality mindset.

    It is unbelievable that in this day and age, a group of so called educated people, in this case the WICB, can be so far removed from modern day management techniques, that a social media tweet of “BIG IDIOT” can evoke such draconian measures from the people in charge.

    The individual to whom “BIG IDIOT” implies must have an ego so large that he is unable to reason that his decision to appear tough seems more vindictive instead of a decision based on rational thought, logic and common sense.

    It should be noted that no sports fan attends a game to see a CEO of the organization.

  6. Marshall May 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

    This impasse is almost at a point of no return ,no reconciliation . Without exempting ,or neglecting the Admin ‘s relations in the matter at hand , nevertheless , simultaneously , one would think, that the love and passion for the game would take preemminence by the player . Bravo ,on the other hand, should realize what is dear to him , is slowly drifting away . Certainly, this won’t go on indefinitely. He is a good player , and I do wish the most favorable solution and to see he makes it to England and go on to greater exploits .

  7. Greengiant May 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    What is your valid point mate? While I like Daren as a player, he was way out of order in his comments. Regardless of which communication he used, he compromised his rights with his tweet.

    It simply took an apology from him for the disrespectful tweet and he would be representing the people of the region from whom he expects support. His behavior shows how much him like some of the others regard the paying public in the region, and internationally. There were great players before Bravo, administrators before Cameron, and selectors before Browne.
    My point is the game, and its many fans are more important than any of them. One day they will all be moved on and the game will remain. So they are all looking like fools, and we will see who the fools are in the future.

  8. Donild Trimp May 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    @Greengiant – Nothing to do with which communication method he used or whether Bravo is a great player or not.

    My point is that Caribbean people in positions of authority exhibit a management style that is a throwback to the plantation days.

    This Bravo issue is a simple one and it is embarrassing to see the juvenile approach taken by Cameron and the other educated fools at the WICB towards this matter.

    A modern day administrator with any intellect would have approached this matter with rational thought, logic and common sense and a little psychology in the mix to resolve things.

    The WICB is a place for educated fools. I cannot recall where any decision made by the WICB in the past was made with any common sense.

    There is a procedure put in place by this same WICB for dealing with such issues and they did not follow their own procedure.

    “BIG IDIOT” seems to be appropriate for describing the individual.


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