Zimbabwe tri-series 2016-17 November 12, 2016

Darren Bravo sent home from Zimbabwe tri-series

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Darren Bravo was handed a grade C contract by the WICB earlier this month © Getty Images

The WICB has replaced batsman Darren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe with Jason Mohammed. The announcement came a day after Bravo reacted on Twitter to WICB chairman Dave Cameron's interview, where he had said Bravo was offered a grade C contract due to his slipping batting average.

"It is explicit that if your averages are not above a certain level it tells you what contracts you get. It is very, very explicit," Cameron had told SportsMax TV, a Caribbean television network. "His averages in the last two years have been declining, so what do you do? Reward poor performance or do you encourage him to get better?"

Bravo responded with a tweet saying he had never been offered a Grade-A contract. "You hav been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don't u resign and FYI I've neva been given an A contract. Big idiot @davec51," he tweeted.

A WICB release said Bravo had been "replaced due to inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour, which is contrary to his contractual obligations to the WICB". A clause in his "match/tour contract", the release said, "clearly states not to make any statement in or to any form of media (which shall include, without limitation, print media, television, radio, internet or any social networking media), or any other public statement, which would bring yourself, WICB or any official or authorised representative of WICB or the game of cricket into disrepute, and your agreement to use all such media in a responsible manner."

Bravo was West Indies' second-highest run getter in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. Before that, he had a poor Test series against India at home, scoring only 139 runs in seven innings. Since November 2014, Bravo scored 1089 runs in 17 Tests for West Indies, a tally that is second to Kraigg Brathwaite's 1258 runs in 20 matches.

Mohammed had captained West Indies A in their limited-overs series in Sri Lanka last month, scoring a fifty and a hundred in his side's 3-0 clean sweep. A middle-order batsman, he has played two ODIs for West Indies, the last of which came a year ago, also in Sri Lanka.

The WICB release also said offspinner Sunil Narine would be returning home due to personal reasons, and he will be replaced by legspinner Devendra Bishoo.

West Indies had initially named their squad for the series - which also includes Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka - on October 13. On November 4, they had announced an updated squad, with wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich and fast bowler Miguel Cummins brought into the 15, replacing experienced batsman Marlon Samuels and teenage fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. West Indies play their first game of the series on November 16, against Sri Lanka, in Harare.

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  • Michael on November 15, 2016, 23:51 GMT

    @Rally_Windies ....Lets face FACTS...Darren Bravo was NEVER offered ANY T20 contracts around the Globe...NONE...ZERO.....ZILCH. He said he is NOT interested in playing TWENTY TWENTY cricket for the WEST INDIES as he wanted to concentrate on TEST CRICKET "How come no IPL team has any behavioral problems with the SAME players"? LOLLLLLL !!...are you serious man ? you really don't know why ?

  • Cricinfouser on November 15, 2016, 23:00 GMT

    well done wicb getting rid of your best batsman. Absolute idiocrisy.

  • psanka8328490 on November 14, 2016, 18:38 GMT

    send home all the Trinis so Trinidad can form its own Test team. All Trinis on the WICB board should resign and work to further Trinidad and Tobago team in the ICC.

  • Channan on November 14, 2016, 18:20 GMT

    Love the WICB, don't you.

  •   Kion S Williams on November 13, 2016, 22:40 GMT

    Everyone who is asking if u can call your boss an idiot and keep your job...obviously not.

    But if your boss comes and offers you less pay for a reason you don't believe in then gives a co-worker who is doing less than you more money...I would hope you would resign as well and feel free to call them what you think of them in the process.

    If you want to stay and work in that job under those conditions, despite there being other options (T20 cricket) well, I wish you well in your life choices.

  • Antonio on November 13, 2016, 20:35 GMT

    I am disappointed Chase was not selected ahead of Mohammed to replace Bravo and Warrican not selected ahead of Bishoo to replace Narine. Come on selectors, also consider Brooks and Omar Phillips

  • Carlyle on November 13, 2016, 17:47 GMT

    OK folks, it has been done, I have given my thoughts and opinions about the WICB. It's time to put some pressure on the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Club to withdraw all it's players from the WICB and start negotiating with International cricket to field a Trinbago team independent of the WICB.

  • Milton on November 13, 2016, 16:11 GMT

    Does the West Indies have such array of talent to engender this throw away mentality? What does this kind of action say to the aspiring; Up and coming? Is there not such a thing as a "back room"? Should not there be a fair of "washing the dirty laundry in PUBLIC"? Two wrongs do not make aright. They breed distrust, disrespect and anarchy. Is this where we want to go?

  • richar0143501 on November 13, 2016, 15:21 GMT


  • willte6140930 on November 13, 2016, 14:10 GMT

    Soft answers turn away wrath, this should have never reach into the public domain. what was said by Dave was wrong and so was Darren tweet. Someone needs to get a grip on WI cricket its falling apart

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