West Indies news December 28, 2010

Dwayne Bravo backs T&T youngsters

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, has said he hopes the absence of himself and hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard from the Trinidad & Tobago squad for the 2011 Caribbean T20 event will give young players a chance to take up the mantle for the regional side.

Bravo and Pollard have both opted to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash, which will be played from December 30 to January 5, and will miss their domestic tournament that will be held in Antigua and Barbados from January 10 to 23. Bravo signed for Victoria, while Pollard will play for South Australia.

"The decision not to play for T&T was a tough one, as we remain committed to T&T's cricket," Bravo told CMC Sports. "However, with Pollard and myself not being there, I hope two young players can step up to the plate and make a name for themselves."

Bravo and Pollard are the most experienced players in the T&T squad, and were key in their successful run in 2008 and 2009, when they won the now defunct Stanford 20/20 and then reached the final of the 2009 Champions League Twenty20.

The pair's decision to skip the domestic event had raised concerns over their commitment to West Indies cricket, but Bravo said they had been encouraged by the support from the T&T Cricket Board. "We felt a lot better by the fact that we got the support of the board and we wish T&T all the best in the tournament. I will be following the exploits of the team very closely from Australia and will be in touch with the team giving my support."

In September, T&T team manager Colin Borde said he believed Bravo and Pollard were both still committed to West Indies cricket, despite their decision not to sign national contracts with the WICB. Bravo's decision not to sign a contract means he does not have to make himself available to play for West Indies all the time and can play in tournaments such as the Big Bash and the IPL. Bravo and Pollard were both given no-objection certificates to play in the Big Bash by the WICB, however they do run the risk of not being selected to play for West Indies in Twenty20 internationals if the board follows up on their rule of participation in regional competitions being mandatory for national selection in the corresponding format of the game.

Bravo pointed out the CT20 was an important tournament for T&T as they had failed to win any trophies in the last year. "I see no reason why T&T cannot go on and win the tournament and make up for the disappointment of the 2010 season. We really did not have a good season and the guys should keep this in mind and got out there and play their hearts out."

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  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    The selectors keep sending wrong message to the committed players. Pollard had no business being selected in last month Sri Lanka tour for the ODI'S AND T20. He is a complete failure for the West Indies. He is a club cricketer. Bravo needs to cement his place with real performance at #6. Presently he would make a great emergency fieldsman as there is where he excels at the moment. Gayle has got to be more consistent. One off big innings will not get us further ahead. Hopefully Coach Gibson and Captain Sammy will not move Daren Bravo from his #3 spot if and when Sarwan returns. Chanderpaul ought to stop playing the shorter versions of the game. In test he needs to step up into winning matches for West Indies. Personal gains only will not work for team advancement the way he goes about getting his runs. Bredan Nash should be in the ODI squad. He is our best fielder bar none. He brings something to the dressing room and has a good cricket brain.

  • Austin on January 1, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    ppl plz be reminded the gayle pollard and bravo are eligible for selection for odis and the wc becuz they competed in the wicb 50 over tornament, however they ought not to be eligible for t20s in 2011 as they aren't going to take part in the caribbean t20

  • Jefferson on January 1, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Lots of great player turn down big money in the pass. Richards, Haynes, Marshall Holding, Roberts, Lloyd, Davis and many more. They were offer a quarter of a million US dollars in the eighties to tour South Africa and they did not. The players that betrayed their skin colour at that time are worst off than those who did not go to SA. So be careful Gayle, Bravo and Pollard you may just end up like the SA rebels as the saying goes easy come easy go. Making the money is one thing keeping it is another thing.

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Darren only got to play for Trinidad because his bro Dwayne opted out to give him a chance ( he had recovered from that injury). Trinidad has so many good players but WICB structure does not give opportunities to these players. The last 20/20 showed just how ridiculous the structure was when you saw some of the players in the CCC team. Just look at Guyana's performance in the TT 20/20 competition against the Trinidad team and the Trinidad A team

  • Kemmy on December 31, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Bravo, Pollard & Gayle have the right to choose when they want to play and who they want to play for. I just hope that the WICB has the balls to stand up to them and let them know that since they chose not to play for their national sides in the regional 20/20 tournament then they will not be selected to represent the West Indies. Out of the 3 only Gayle will be missed as Bravo is an overhyped cricketer who hasn't done very much with bat or ball. Pollard is a joke who has been given countless opportunities and has yet to do anything for the West Indies. I just wish that these guys would stop trying to fool the people of the West Indies by saying that they're committed even though their actions show otherwise. Just be truthful and say I want more money and will do whatever it takes to get more money. People will still criticize you but they will at least respect you a bit more for being truthful and not disrespecting them by trying to play them for a fool.

  • randolf on December 31, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Posted by C.Nelson Dwanye Bravo turns down a call for him to represent his own country in the sport of cricket, in favour of representing a 'club-side' in 'another man's country',then claims that he is 'comitted' to cricket in his country! Does Mr Bravo understand what the word 'committed' really means?

  • randolf on December 31, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    What Mr Bravo thinks "remain 'committed' to T&T cricket" means? I think by now he knows that he has convinced not only the people of T&T, but the people of the entire Caribbean region and the world that he is only 'committed' to himself - and, maybe, that is fine!

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Who is to say if any other player had the opportunity who said they would have not taken it? Fact is the icc's scheduling is poor and frankly pathetic. Cricket should take a page out of european club football, schedule your fixtures and run them in sync and then let the game truly be an international one, any man can play in any country, for any price!!!!

  • Michael on December 30, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    I think Gayle,Bravo and Pollard should look up the word" committed ",before they use it in future.You can't be committed to a cause,break it when there is money TO BE MADE,and then say you are committed again.YOU ARE EITHER COMMITTED OR NOT COMMITTED.You are telling me that you are not available to play for the WI/Country ,WHEN OTHER TOURNAMENTS THAT PAYS ME MORE ARE GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME !but pick me on all other occasions !I am not against them for going after the bigger bucks ,I would do the same !and say I am committed too !and just wait to see what the Board/Country will do.So far they are getting away with 'murder',because the Board is still picking them.Why ? the Board is looking for money too!

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2010, 12:15 GMT


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