West Indies news November 11, 2016

Darren Bravo's poor performances did not merit higher contract - Cameron

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Bravo was critical of the WICB chairman Dave Cameron on Twitter © AFP

WICB president Dave Cameron has said Darren Bravo was offered a Grade-C contract because his "poor" recent performances did not merit a higher pay grade. Cameron also revealed that of the 15 players who were recently offered WICB contracts till September 2017, only Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels had received contracts higher than the C category. Along with Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite and Samuels, who was given a Grade-B contract, had declined the board's offer.

This is the first time that the WICB offered an explanation of the contract Bravo was offered. "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 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 is one of the most experienced players in the West Indies Test squad and when Cameron asked if it was demotivating for the batsman to be offered a low contract, he said: "If you continue to keep giving him an A contract then what is the motivation to get better? He has been on an A contract and he hasn't done well."

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 said on Twitter.

Bravo, 27, 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. Bravo scored two centuries and seven fifties in this period, and was also the second-highest run getter for the side in away Tests in this period, with 391 runs at an average of 43.44. Bravo's overall batting average in overseas Tests is 51.18.

The WICB retainers comprise five categories - A+, A, B+, B and C - and the eventual grades are based on a points system used for players. These points are calculated by an appraisal formula that compares the player's performance over the last 12 months to his overall career figures. In 2015, Bravo scored 644 runs in nine Tests at an average of 35.77, with his best performances coming overseas. In Sri Lanka, he scored two half-centuries from four innings before racking up 247 runs in five innings at 49.4 in Australia. In, Bravo aggregated 300 runs in five matches at an average of 37.50.

Cameron did not provide the specifics of how many points Bravo had scored. "Every single player got C contract except Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels," he said.

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  • Bjorn Riyadh B on November 16, 2016, 1:03 GMT

    how in God's name is Cameron still the president of the WICB...he has proven himself unfair to many players on so many occasions...west indies performance has been on the decline for a while now...can someone please remove this man for the sake of West indies cricket!!

  • Michael on November 15, 2016, 19:19 GMT

    Absolutely flabbergasted that people are not only telling themselves that Bravo got fired for calling Cameron a liar but have actually convinced themselves too Wonder if those same people realize that other people can ALSO read and most importantly UNDERSTAND what they read. This is NOT a contract issue by itself as eyes were on Bravo a long time ago for other issues

  • Krish on November 15, 2016, 15:21 GMT

    I used to think WICB had a point on occasions when they said that they trying to run WI cricket in a more professional manner.But the treatment meted out out to Darren Bravo is absurd.Not condoning Bravo's act here but it is very minor when compared to how he is being treated.As a batsman he is a class apart.In dec 2015 he had a great series in Australia alongside K Brathwaite.After a brief lull during the home series,he did really well against Pak.And then WICB come up with their criteria about handing out contracts.Bravo has proven his dedication to WI cricket over and over again.

  • Patrick on November 14, 2016, 9:28 GMT

    Shame on you Cameron and Pybus or did you miss the Pakistan series? These contracts are supposed to be Test cricket contracts. How has Samuels ranked higher than Bravo? He should be no where near the Test team as he clearly does not want to be there and what has he done over Bravo? Your man management is lacking. Be a man, get off the gravy train and resign. The rest of the cricket world is laughing at your administration.

  • Zanim Ali on November 14, 2016, 6:04 GMT

    WICB Chief Dave Cameron is absolutely insane. The best batsman on the West Indies for the past 5 years has been Darren Bravo and you offer him a C contract .Cameron seems to think Dowrich and Chase is in the same class with Bravo, Well keep dreaming. West Indies will keep on loosing. I now believe Trinidad can go it alone in all three formats.

  • Gary on November 14, 2016, 1:46 GMT

    Mr Cameron must also explain why Marlon Samuels deserved a better contract that Bravo since at the most senior batsman he has been quite bad. Is it because he is Jamaican and also the only senior player who has not spoken out? Mr Cameron is just a poor leader who has presided over the worst chapter in WI history. Ever since this man has been here there has been nothing but drama. He clearly has issues and wants nobody to call him out or say anything. Now that Carlos has refused the contract, will his recent captain status be removed. I believe it will, since he believes that Carlos would have been so happy to get the captaincy he would just jump at anything. I'm pretty sure he feels slighted by the snub by Carlos so expect something there. In recent memory, I have never seen a man so petty and that has cause so much disruption in WI cricket. This man must not be allowed when his time is up to be at the helm ever again. And I mean ever.

  • david on November 13, 2016, 20:08 GMT

    Dave Cameron was clearly mistaken when he said that Bravo had been offered an A contract. Doesn't he need to apologize?? Cameron's other statements re. Bravo seem mean spirited and deliberately demotivating. Why? Cameron seems to be carefully engineering the death of WI cricket.

  • Roland on November 13, 2016, 12:48 GMT

    Time to dissolve the WICB. Cameron lies and then Bravo fired for pointing it out that his boss is a liar? Time for Cameron to be fired or time to dissolve the WICB which is an embarrassment to Caribbean people.

  • Dhanpaul Narine on November 13, 2016, 12:20 GMT

    A struggling business wants to do well and demotes its employees to increase productivity. What a lesson in economics!

  • Sanjay on November 12, 2016, 17:41 GMT

    I called it yesterday!!!!

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