West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has come up with an interesting revelation as he stated that he had made himself available for the World Cup but he was still not selected. In fact, Bravo had announced his retirement before the World Cup but made himself available for the big event. It was also reported that Bravo and Kieron Pollard were picked as reserve players in West Indies’ World Cup squad.
However, neither of them got a chance to play in the ODI showpiece. Meanwhile, it is well known that politics in West Indies cricket has always hindered their progress. Moreover, the board also fails to provide the salaries to its players at regular intervals.
Bravo has retired from international cricket.
DJ Bravo said at an event launching his new song ‘Love you baby’ as per Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, “With this new president when he took over, he said he opened the doors to everybody. I had officially announced my retirement from international cricket but made myself available and was not selected along with other players, who we all thought should have got the opportunity to represent the region in the World Cup.”
On the other hand, West Indies had a disappointing World Cup as they could only manage two wins to finish at the ninth position in the points table. The Jason Holder-led side had a good start against Pakistan but veered off the track in the later matches.
Politics has been a part of the Cricket West Indies.
“In West Indies cricket, a lot of people are afraid of making brave decisions. The team needs stronger leaders, not only at a captain level but from administrators’ level, from a senior players’ level, they just need to be stronger as individuals,” he said.
On the other hand, Bravo believes his good friend Kieron Pollard should be the captain of the team in ODI and T20I format. Jason Holder currently leads the team in the 50-overs version and Pollard was not even part of the ODI side which played against India recently. Carlos Brathwaite holds the captaincy reins in the T20I fold.
He said, “I will back Kieron Pollard to be a white ball captain for West Indies. He is a very good leader and he leads from the front.”
West Indies will play two Test matches against India with the first one beginning from 22 August.