West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said the possibility of him returning to the national team is unlikely, making it clear that playing franchise cricket across the globe is his sole focus.
The 34-year old missed close to nine months of action after tearing his hamstring while playing in Australia’s Big Bash League in December 2016. Following his return to action, he played in the Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and is currently plying trade in the T10 League. The all-rounder’s last international appearance came in September last year, and any chances of seeing him donning the West Indies jersey is looking bleak at the moment.
“I am looking at these tournaments as a chance to continue playing cricket,” Bravo said. “As long as I can play cricket, I am happy. As far as internationals are concerned, I have been dropped from the West Indies team.
“I was dropped while I was fit. I don’t think now, at 34, it would make any sense coming back. I just need to see what is left for me, for my fans to see Dwayne Bravo playing cricket. That is my priority,” he added.
The Trinidadian further expressed his delight over returning to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“I didn’t play for nine months,” Bravo said. “That is a lot. I missed the game and I have to be careful now. Playing BPL, we made it to the semi-finals. Unfortunately we didn’t make it all the way through, but I am happy to be playing again.”
Meanwhile, earlier this year, West Indies relaxed their ODI selection policy of only picking players who featured in the domestic 50-overs tournament. The board decided to pave the way for the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Bravo to play ODIs and strengthen the team’s chances of getting through the World Cup Qualifier in March 2018.
But while Gayle returned to the ODI side during the England series, the others did not. In fact, Bravo last played an ODI in 2014 while his Test appearance came way back in 2010.
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