Bravo aiming to return by start of CPL

“I don’t want to rush things, it’s a very severe injury”

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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is hoping to make his comeback at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in August.

Bravo has not played any competitive cricket this year as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained while playing at the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia in December.

Bravo suffered the injury while fielding at the boundary and underwent surgery. As a result, he missed the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February and played no part in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, the 33-year-old revealed that he plans to play in a friendly match to mark the opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in the coming week.

He also confirmed that he is available to represent the West Indies in Twenty20 Internationals.

“My next competitive cricket will be for CPL. I am playing the game for Brian Lara on Friday,” he told line&length. “I’ll bowl two overs, maybe, just to see how it is getting back.

“International cricket is different. I want to give myself the best chance of coming back and playing the way I usually play, which is give 100% and do all the crazy things I do. I am not going to rush into anything. My target is to keep training and get my entire body in shape.

“I have improved a lot. I am closer to playing now than I was three-four months ago. The surgery itself was successful. It’s just a matter of continuing my rehab programme. I don’t want to rush things, it’s a very severe injury. I want to make sure I am feeling good and comfortable in my mind.

“I am available for T20 selection, it’s the only format in which I am available for selection. So if selected for T20s, I will play. I will always have the passion and the drive to play for West Indies. I am only limited in being able to play one format and those are things that I don’t have control over.”

Meanwhile, Bravo made it clear that he has no interest in playing domestic cricket in the West Indies if he has to opt out of the contracts he has signed with multiple franchises across a host of Twenty20 competitions around the world.

“I am not going to give up the contracts that I have around the world to come back and play in the domestic tournament,” he said. “I did it already and I got burned. I am not going to allow the same mistake to happen again. I gave up half of my contract in BBL in 2015 to come and play and make myself eligible for selection for the World Cup and the Sri Lanka tour, but I was not selected.

“Playing in those tournaments doesn’t guarantee you selection. It makes you available but it doesn’t guarantee selection. I am past the stage where I will give up certain amount of money on my contract and make myself available without any guarantee. If the structure changes or something different happens, then yes.”

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