West Indies news January 25, 2017

WICB selector says dispute needs settling for Bravo to be picked

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Darren Bravo has been out of action since the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah © AFP

Darren Bravo will not be considered for West Indies selection until he settles an ongoing dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board according to Courtney Browne, the West Indies' chairman of selectors. Bravo, 27, was forced to return home from Harare on the eve of the November tri-series in Zimbabwe after the WICB cancelled his match contract reacting to his criticism of board president Dave Cameron.

Bravo, who declined a WICB central contract, was also not picked in the Trinidad & Tobago squad for the Regional Super50, the domestic limited-overs tournament that got underway on Tuesday. Bravo recently had a Skype meeting with WICB officials, but details of the meeting have not been made public.

In the current circumstances, Browne said that Bravo could not be selected despite being "one of our better players". West Indies' next international assignment is a three-match ODI series at home against England in early March followed by a full series against Pakistan beginning on March 31 in Trinidad & Tobago.

"At this stage all I know is there is supposed to have been some discussion between Darren's team and WICB," Browne told Line and Length Network, a Barbados-based TV station. "Until that is settled, I don't think there will be much going on in terms of Darren playing cricket. He is a talented young man, one of our better players. Obviously it was sad to lose him but at times these things happen, you just need to deal with it and see how you can get him back on the field playing cricket."

Former West Indies wicketkeeper Browne, who took over as chairman of selectors last June, said that his panel will be monitoring the performances of players over a period of time. He said tournaments like the Regional Super50 were very important as the selectors were looking towards building a squad keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind.

Browne said the key for young West Indies players, which formed the bulk of the ODI team that played in the tri-series in Zimbabwe, was to gain as much experience as possible and the Regional Super50 offered just that.

"This [Regional Super50] is going to be very important for us," Browne said. "Coming after the Zimbabwe tri-series, we saw some good signs there. Obviously we have a young team. Our captain Jason Holder has played around 50 ODIs, while the others have played 20-22, quite a few are below 10 ODIs.

"It's a young ODI team for us. So we are looking forward to the Super50 to see the incumbents continue to do the good work, and then those other players who are challenging for a place. We have a lot of ODI cricket coming up this year. We're building up towards the World Cup. So all the players coming in to get runs, wickets can show us they have the attitude not just to be part of the team, but the kind of attitude that makes West Indies people proud."

Browne also pointed out the selectors would not consider age as a deterrent. Consistency was what they were after.

"Age is just a number as the old saying goes," Browne said. "People need to perform and perform consistently. We are trying to look at players over three seasons. What we are trying to do is not pick players after just one season. At times that will happen. But if we can get a guy performing consistently for two or three years, then you know he is deserving of an opportunity at the senior level or at least be considered.

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  • Metman on January 29, 2017, 0:39 GMT

    @Marabellaboy....do you know WHY Bravo was given a C contract ? do you know WHY those players that batted @ 3,4,5 and 6...I think it was against India are no longer members of the WI set up ? Can you remember what was said about them by Holding and Waqar ? are you aware that Cameron ,the Board and the selectors ALSO noticed what they did or were doing ? remember Cameron said HE WAS NOT PERFORMING GOOD ENOUGH to be awarded an A contract. What therefore is that telling you?

  • Marabellaboy on January 28, 2017, 13:21 GMT

    Mr. Browne is risking being dismissed. How dare he say that Darren Bravo is one of our BETTER PLAYERS when Cameron gives the player a C CONTRACT followed by a suspension. Talk about a PARADOX??

  • cricfan64856340 on January 28, 2017, 13:17 GMT

    Dave Cameron is personnel issues with West Indies cricket. If someone don't like you just move on Dave don't take personal and look at the boarder picture, West Indies cricket.

  • soulkiller on January 27, 2017, 12:07 GMT

    courtney browne was even deserving of a pick in the west indies team yet he is a selector

  • jupiterlaw on January 27, 2017, 12:05 GMT

    Bravo must know that he is in a no-win situation. It's either he raises the white flag, or the WICB raise the white flag. He must know that the latter is unlikely to happen. Ask Kevin Petersen; ask Chris Gayle; ask Andrew Symonds. These players who have had similar problems with their cricket boards and could not win. He should set his pride aside and go back to work. Stop losing time and money, because he would not win this contest with the WICB.

  • GoodAreasShane on January 27, 2017, 6:02 GMT

    Browne says age isn't a factor in selection. If this is true, the very first thing they need to do is recall Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Probably not going to happen I know, but he did just score a brilliant one day century for Guyana in the regional Super50 tournament.

  • cricfan62569012 on January 27, 2017, 4:36 GMT

    Darren Bravo, for some time now has been showing signs of desent, how many times has he left tours for various reasons, even if Cameron made a mistake with his comment in terms of the type of contract Bravo had did not give Bravo any right what so ever for making that most disrespectful comment and when given the oppertunity to correct himself he did not, now no matter how tallented he is, it us time for him to take up another career, there is no room in the new West Indies or Cricket West Indies for such, misfits.

  • NS13 on January 27, 2017, 3:46 GMT

    This guy, Dave Cameron, needs to go, sooner the better. WI cricket has seen nothing but controversies and steady decline under his leadership. The best players belong in the field, no matter what the squabbles are off the field. All the players seem to have issues with him and as long as he is there, there is no chance WI cricket will return to its glory days.

  • Wazir on January 27, 2017, 3:33 GMT

    If he is one of your better players then why a contract without merit? Why reward him with a low class insult? WICB looks more dysfunctional by the week.

  • Johnny865 on January 27, 2017, 3:08 GMT

    @cricuser... yes the rule was in place a long time ago however it was only enforced recently. my problem with the wicb and Mr cameron in particular is that they are the head of the wicb and they act as if they have no management skills or understanding towards the players. it's more like do or die with them. and I'm not to familiar with they contracts however if that was the case then the wicb needs to put better measures in place for cricketers who strike during a tour repercussions maybe. but I still think that the way Mr cameron handled the post effect of the tour was absolutely distasteful. it also needs to be noted that a few years a back a similar situation happend during 2009 I believe however a tour was played against Bangladesh and we all know how that wi side was trashed. @metman.. so if u are claiming that the wi side did not strike then what was the reason for the wicb calling of the tour and offering to replace the players with a B side???

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