Bravo: I never closed the door on my West Indies career

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Dwayne Bravo: “I have never turned my back on West Indies cricket, it is them who have turned their back on me”

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Dwyane Bravo has lashed out at Cricket West Indies after they hinted that the all-rounder no longer had an interest in playing ODI cricket.

Bravo, who hasn’t featured in the 50-over format since October 2014, also took aim at chairman of selectors Courtney Browne for claiming that they had been in contact with each other.

“Dwayne Bravo was not contacted as he had indicated previously that he is no longer available to play cricket for the West Indies,” Browne said in a Cricket West Indies release about the squad picked for the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers.

Responding to Browne’s comments, Bravo told Cricbuzz: “Let me make it clear that I have never had any conversation in last six months with the chairman or anyone from board about any West Indies cricket.

“The only time we spoke about cricket was during the T20 series in Dubai 2016 when he said I was poison to West indies cricket and bad influence on young players, ridiculously.

“What I said recently in an interview with a journalist in the Bangladesh Premier League was that, however, I don’t see myself playing 50-overs cricket again, despite my interest, because of the lack of communication from the board. So I would challenge the chairman to say otherwise.”

A similar situation occurred last year when the West Indies were mulling over who to include in their squad for the tour of England.

Browne ruled out Bravo immediately, but the 34-year-old revealed that he only spoke to captain Jason Holder and told him that he wasn’t ready to return due to the serious hamstring injury he sustained in the 2016/17 Big Bash League (BBL).

“The person who actually spoke to me was captain Jason Holder, during Caribbean Premier League,” Bravo said, “And it was him I told that after just coming back from my 2017 Big Bash League injury my body wasn’t ready to play one-day cricket in England, but when I’m stronger I would consider playing one-day cricket in 2018.”

While Bravo last played for the West Indies in September 2016, he has still garnered a lot of attention in domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world.

Bravo is currently representing the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL and over the weekend, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 6.4 crores after they used their Right to Match Card (RTM Card) on him during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

“What I would like the Caribbean people to be aware of is that since India 2014 saga [when West Indies left the country midway through the tour over a contract dispute with the board] I never said much about West Indies cricket, because I am living my life stress free, enjoying my cricket around the world,” Bravo said. “Yet my name is still being called up in West Indies cricket controversy.”

While Bravo is sick and tired about his name being dragged through the mud, he insisted that he is still open to playing for the West Indies. However, he admitted that he feels as if the board has shut the door on him.

“I was dropped from the Test team at age of 26, in 2010, before I retired in 2015 after being fed up of asking the selectors when I’d play again,” Bravo said. “I was dropped from the one-day team before the 2015 World Cup. I have never turned my back on West Indies cricket, it is them who have turned their back on me.”

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