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

Darren Bravo returns home from NZ tour

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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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  • aclarity 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.

  • 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.

  • rogist 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Matt.au 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.

  • susie2112 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.

  • on December 29, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    ban all west insides to ipl then they play for teams

  • 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

  • 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.

  • aclarity 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.

  • 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.

  • rogist 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Matt.au 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.

  • susie2112 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.

  • on December 29, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    ban all west insides to ipl then they play for teams

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on December 28, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    We have now on WI cricket team drama Queens and premadonas, something like this requires explanation,you cant just leave and cry personal reasons regardless who.

  • on December 28, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    There appears to be more to this story than the WINDIES is letting on. The fans have a right to know if it, in the interest of the SERIES at hand, and if it is going to affect the future of WEST INDIES cricket. Samuel seems to have personal problems according to those who have access to the INNER CIRCLE OR NUCLEUs of the TEAM; Now Bravo,s problems seems to be with another senior member of the team-The WEST INDIES CAPTAIN Darren Sammy.The Fans have a right to know what is ongoing in this series.

  • on December 28, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    As a kiwi cricket fan this is really disappointing. You want to see the best players on the park and Bravo is rated quite highly by NZ commentators and fans alike. It was obvious from the test series that he's one of the leading bats on tour and it is a shame kiwi fans won't be seeing any more of him this time round.

  • M@sK_Lanka on December 28, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Team India is the best... no one chased 300's like india did.

  • on December 28, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I've heard from a normally reliable source that there has been altercations between Sammy and Daren Bravo both at the verbal and the physical level and that this is the main reason why Bravo did not play in the final test. If it is true, I hope the authorities resolve this situation as soon as possible and it is not swept under the carpet and allowed to fester, as is usually the case.

  • degama01 on December 28, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    I am a Trinidadian West Indies (all my life), Liverpool, and Red Sox fan. No matter how deep the pain for the Windies or any of these teams, I have continued to support them. If anyone has seen the turnaround of the Sox and Liverpool recently, there are some striking parallels among these three teams. Most striking is the Red Sox who have experienced very similar struggles to the Windies. The 2012 season was their worst in decades, due to poor management, lack of discipline, and tensions in the clubhouse? The GM then proceeded to make one of the greatest sports "purges" in history, getting rid of all the "bad apples," and replacing them with players who not only had the skill, but also positive leadership, and influence to create a hungry, fighting team. Sure, they weren't studded with star players, but the overall unity, and fighting spirit created a team that found ways to win, no matter, the task, "worst to first" being printed all over the papers, and a World Series title. Hmmmm.

  • simonviller on December 28, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Lets hope that it's not something more sinister ! So far WI have lost Gayle, amuels and now Bravo , but the team is still intact ,if one looks at the performances of these players since they left on tour . With the exception of the one big score from Bravo no other player is above the crew ,thus the results will be the same with or without these STARS ON PAPER . A blessing in disguise , is what I call this , for others will have a chance to shine on this tour . It's my hope that real stars be borne of this dilemma .

  • on December 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Darren is one of the few bright spots in WI cricket- He possesses a humble personality and I am positive it has more than meets the eye- The WICBC should not leave this matter unattended- WI cannot afford to lose this bright young star.

  • crichammer on December 28, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    hmmm...lets take a look here. player (allegedly) gets injured in net from deliberate beamer bowled by very senior team member.....article come out in Caribbean paper indicating much distrust within WI camp.....within a few hours of article coming out player is returning home...what to make of all of this

  • Jiss on December 28, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Darren returning home is irrelevant to my comments. As a westindies fan, our cricket was taken away from us from the first day Ottis Gibson became coach. We need our cricket back and need Gibson To go. I still believe Ramesh Sarwan can be a huge asset to the west indies. Gibson has to realize he that he is not coaching military personnel, he is coaching cricket players.

  • sheru-sher on December 28, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    To miss all the Christmas parties is one thing but to miss all those carnival fetes coming up is not on the cards for any true Trini. It is time to fete from now until the first week in march then after that it is time for cricket. It is not the first time that has happened with Trini players around carnival time.

  • rogist on December 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    we r not going to miss him he has not done anything so no big deal this guys dont play for west indies they play for them self just think off marshall playing with a broken hand

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    send rusell as replacement.

  • balks91 on December 28, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    People need to stop bashing his decision to return home. He has been away on tour for a long time from India then to New Zealand. As a young player still finding his way in international cricket, maybe he needs some personal time to return home. As we all know, cricket is a mentally gruelling sport and being away from home for long periods doesn't help. In recent years more and more players have come out saying they have suffered from stress and anxiety illness; most recent being Trott from England leaving the Ashes tour early. What good is playing for the team when one cannot function at full capacity? Maybe he just needs to clear his head and refocus on the upcoming cricket to be played in 2014.

  • gudolerhum on December 28, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    It is so easy to hide behind the excuse "for personal reasons", that just makes it impossible to know what is happening. I have to hope that those who are responsible for our cricket know the true reason for his departure and that it is a valid reason. If there is any doubt about the validity he must be censured irrespective of how much talent he has or his potential contribution. Our "team", using that word loosely, cannot afford to have personal likes and dislikes affecting its performance. We are in a bad enough state already without personal issues coming into play. I trust that all is well with Darren and there are no physical, mental or family problems.

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I have a feeling all is not well on this tour for Players.

  • CricketChat on December 28, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Time for another player to put up his hand and make it count. WI can always compete in short formats, so fans need not lose hope. But for the double in the 1st test, Darren Bravo hasn't exactly set the ground on fire on this tour. WI won't be missing him.

  • on December 28, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Go back to why he missed the test match due to injury. Wasn't he hit by one of the bowlers in the nets. There is a lot of talk about the type of delivery that struck hom down in the nets.

  • SirBobJones on December 28, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Sad news, hope everything is ok for Darren and he comes back soon. Great tour he's had!

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 28, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    I'd imagine he wasn't injured when he missed the last Test match and something has gone on behind the scenes . . .

  • Mekkayel on December 28, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Well, this is the perfect opportunity for Kirk Edwards to force his way into the side with a good knock.

  • on December 28, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    The West Indian selectors need to examine the characteristics and mental toughness of the players they select to represent the region. Some of our cricketers are too caught up in their own idiosyncrasies and do not have the regional game at heart. If someone quits because of personal reasons, then he/she does not care about his role in the balance of the team. While I am not accusing Darren of this, leaving for personal reason is a selfish decision that should not be condoned among players. The players are not greater than the game and they must show some responsibilities for their actions. If the player is ill or injured I would understand. It is attitudes demonstrated like this that is causing the regional team to be where it is in world cricket today. Our modern players need to demonstrate more patriotism for the team they represent - a team made up of players from a region that has the capacity to produce world beaters if only selfishness and lack of responsibility are eliminated.

  • on December 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Bring in Gayle and Pollard as replacements. Do they only play T20 or what??

  • VivGilchrist on December 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    So no Gayle, Pollard, Samuels, Bravo, or Roach? Starting to look like a 2nd XI isn't it?

  • LifeWithBoundaries on December 28, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Now that more than the 1/3 of the regular team is "resting" what is the point? There are many many who still want to rally around West Indies but they are not helping themselves. Dwayne Bravo said - something like that they had let down fans. That is an understatement to say the least! Come on WI pick up the pieces and press on!!

  • Alexei on December 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Just lost our best hope for big runs in the team. More responsibility on Dwayne and Simmonds. It also mean we will have to keep playing Narsingh Deonarine...

  • on December 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    What a shame. Probably one of the most promising West Indies batsmen on the tour.

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  • on December 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    What a shame. Probably one of the most promising West Indies batsmen on the tour.

  • Alexei on December 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Just lost our best hope for big runs in the team. More responsibility on Dwayne and Simmonds. It also mean we will have to keep playing Narsingh Deonarine...

  • LifeWithBoundaries on December 28, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Now that more than the 1/3 of the regular team is "resting" what is the point? There are many many who still want to rally around West Indies but they are not helping themselves. Dwayne Bravo said - something like that they had let down fans. That is an understatement to say the least! Come on WI pick up the pieces and press on!!

  • VivGilchrist on December 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    So no Gayle, Pollard, Samuels, Bravo, or Roach? Starting to look like a 2nd XI isn't it?

  • on December 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Bring in Gayle and Pollard as replacements. Do they only play T20 or what??

  • on December 28, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    The West Indian selectors need to examine the characteristics and mental toughness of the players they select to represent the region. Some of our cricketers are too caught up in their own idiosyncrasies and do not have the regional game at heart. If someone quits because of personal reasons, then he/she does not care about his role in the balance of the team. While I am not accusing Darren of this, leaving for personal reason is a selfish decision that should not be condoned among players. The players are not greater than the game and they must show some responsibilities for their actions. If the player is ill or injured I would understand. It is attitudes demonstrated like this that is causing the regional team to be where it is in world cricket today. Our modern players need to demonstrate more patriotism for the team they represent - a team made up of players from a region that has the capacity to produce world beaters if only selfishness and lack of responsibility are eliminated.

  • Mekkayel on December 28, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Well, this is the perfect opportunity for Kirk Edwards to force his way into the side with a good knock.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 28, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    I'd imagine he wasn't injured when he missed the last Test match and something has gone on behind the scenes . . .

  • SirBobJones on December 28, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Sad news, hope everything is ok for Darren and he comes back soon. Great tour he's had!

  • on December 28, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Go back to why he missed the test match due to injury. Wasn't he hit by one of the bowlers in the nets. There is a lot of talk about the type of delivery that struck hom down in the nets.