West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 28, 2013

Darren Bravo returns home from NZ tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Bravo, the West Indies batsman, will miss the rest of the ODI series and the Twenty20s against New Zealand after returning home due to personal reasons.

Bravo, one of West Indies' more successful performers on the New Zealand tour, left for Trinidad from Auckland on Saturday, according to a West Indies Cricket Board release.

Bravo was the highest run-getter for West Indies in the three-match Test series, scoring 262 runs from four innings at an average of 65.50, including a double-hundred in the first Test at Dunedin that helped the side avoid an innings defeat. In the first ODI in Auckland, Bravo scored 12 runs.

West Indies have chosen not to add a replacement for Bravo, reducing the strength of their ODI squad to 14 for the remaining four games in the series. Earlier, Marlon Samuels had returned home from the tour following the recurrence of a chronic wrist injury.

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  • Jack on December 31, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    I like Daren Bravo as a young batsman but those who advised him to leave the tour did him a disfavor. In American Football last week a star player on the Dallas team left the field 1 second before his team lost a game which he felt they should win. The head coach told him he failed his teammates and he expected that this would not happen again. Bravo was probably under pressure but he should have been advised to find an alternative route which did not put teammates and WI public in such a negative light. He is a representative of the team and the WI public and he should have held the flag on the burning deck. Sorry Bravo but like Talk nah Viv you need a better appreciation of our history. In slavery we got whipped but we were strong inside and smiled on the outside. Character is an essential component of leadership.

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Sarwan ave above 40.00 in ODI but was deemed unfit by WI coach Gibson. He is a bowling coach and WI Test team bowlers could come close to the stumps.

  • juslyn on December 30, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    y is everybody on here talking about this guy like he has won any game for wi let the boy go home an drink his rum not one game has he would have won for us

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    As per Tony Cozier, there is trouble in the West Indies camp/change room. And here is Richie Richardson, team manager has no clue what is going on?

    There were problems all the long since Brian Lara was ending his career and it was never addressed since.

    Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sarwan, Taylor and Chanderpaul spoke out and we all knew what happened. Dwayne Bravo took time off too?

    West Indies has good cricketers dying to represent the region but as soon they are including in the group to tour, they are caught up in the entanglement.

    Not the ability to play cricket is the prime factor to represent a region, it is discipline. It has to start from your individual country or island where your are taught behaviour and team work prior to be selected to represent the West Indies. Then what you bring into the team is cohesion.

    This is a regional problem which became contagious in the West Indies camp.

    Resolution: Start over and discipline those who refuse to be supportive and make it public.

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Emery A., you have heard from a normally reliable source, so you go public with it. Any chance that your source may be wrong? If it were, any chance that you could reach everyone who has read this to withdraw it?

  • Kevin on December 29, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Leaving a tour or not attending a tournament seems to be endemic among well paid cricketers.

    Just recently another West Indian, Dwayne Smith, failed to show up for the BBL. It seems he waited until 2 days prior to his first game with his franchise before he informed them he wouldn't be attending. (I suspect it was his franchise trying to find out where Smith was that they got and answer, rather than Smith contacting them)

    Deaths of family members and the birth of children have led to high profile players missing parts of, or all of, tournaments around the world and that is perfectly understandable. Those players should return to their families in time of crisis or the joy of a new born.

    Either sitting on a beach with a rum or secrectly wishing you were sitting on a beach with a rum, when you have committed to your country teamates or your teamates from around the world, is poor form.

  • Sue on December 29, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    I'm a bit confused. Marlon Samuels returned home with a recurrent wrist injury - no great mystery there. Now Darren Bravo has returned for personal reasons. Speculating on what is the issue is futile and, frankly, no one else's business. How would you feel if an issue of a private matter was discussed by many just because you are famous? I hope all is okay for Darren Bravo and there is nothing sinister. I look forward to see him playing cricket again soon.

  • Android on December 29, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    ban all west insides to ipl then they play for teams

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    I am here reading all of your comments, however I think we need to let common sense prevail. Really do we think we have/had the best 14 players from the West Indies on the New Zealand tour? Why are we blaming Otis Gibson he can only coach what he is given to work with. Why do we continue to blame the coaches for the performance of the team when we are given subpar players look at these guys averages compared to the averages of the higher positioned international teams. We need to look at the administration of West Indies cricket which is the top tier of the organizational chart who makes the decisions not the 2nd or bottom tier. If you are given subpar workers in a workplace to you expect exceptional performances for the business the same applies for the West Indies. We have a selection policy and to date I don't see any benefits of the structure as many of the current crop of top WI performers have better averages than some of these day players on tour and are still in the West Indies

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Have the details of his personal reasons been made public? People commenting here seem to informed enough to come to the judgement that is actions are selfish.

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