West Indies news November 28, 2011

Dwayne Bravo expects quick return

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Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, has said his ankle injury has healed and he expects to be fit for the Big Bash League in Australia next month. Bravo, who has signed for Sydney Sixers, is also expected to take part in the Caribbean Twenty20 for Trinidad and Tobago.

"My ankle injury has healed and it stood up well during training. Last week it felt very sore but it is now fine and the stiffness is gone," Bravo told CMC. "I will be flying out to Australia for the Big Bash but this time around I will also be available for Trinidad and Tobago in the regional series, as we look to defend our title."

Bravo's career has been blighted by injury in the past few years, since he suffered a serious ankle injury in 2008 which kept him out of the game for eight months. He suffered a big blow this year when his World Cup ended due to a knee injury he sustained in West Indies' first game of the tournament. He returned for the home one-day series against Pakistan but asked for a break after the first two ODIs against India in June to work on his game.

Since then Bravo has turned out for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League T20 and for Trinidad & Tobago in the Regional Super50 tournament. The matches against Bangladesh A were to be his first first-class matches since the Tests in Sri Lanka last year but his return to the longer format has now been delayed further.

"I am now focussing on strengthening exercises and trying to get in as much practice before I leave for Australia," Bravo said. "I am working towards getting back into the international scene. I have to time my return well as for now I will be taking it easy and gradually intensifying. My recovery has been good so far and I don't want to push it too early."

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  • Mayfield on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    @coll gayle. Then state your position clearly. State that you do not want to sign a contract because you want to be available to play in the various 20/20 tournaments. State that this means you will not be available to play for WI when your schedule conflicts. Do not act like you are committed to WI, shen you are not. These players are running a very effective PR campaign. Pretend like you are committed to WI cricket, get the fans on your side, and continue to do what you want to do. This guy was the vice captain and would have been the captain of the WI team. What does he do? Refuse to sign a contract. If the captain and VC refuse to sign contracts, what does that say. Does that shows loyalty? Its just incredible the simplistic arguments most of the supporters of these two propagate. LET ME REPEAT, THE CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN REFUSE TO SIGN CONTRACTS. REFUSE TO SHOW THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE TEAM. EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE WHAT THAT MEANS.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Why is it you guys are not advocating for the guys who have no place in the team and no money. Thats why we all need to put our ego aside and look at every body situation. All you guys who are condemning Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle that they are not committed to WI cricket for making hay while the sun shine, just look at others of the pass who did not get that chance they are out there hearting financially because WI donot have a pension plan for there ex players .

  • Meety on November 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    The other Bravo is WAY better anyways!

  • rienzied on November 29, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    This is a joke, his timing is impeccable, when it comes to playing in these comps. I understand the WICB is in a financial mess , and there is no nationalistic and commercial viability to the international windies scene, sadly the team will wither away. Being a lifelong supporter, it just makes me so sad....

  • simonviller on November 28, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    I'ts quite obvious what's going on with Mr .Bravo here !! To you who suggest that W.I should pay proper salaries and have proper fitness programs etc; Check out the current salay structures in cricket today . I think you'll be surprised as to what you find . For developing nations with a relatively small populations and similarly limited industrial bases,don't you think that they are doing quite well by comparison ? Are you willing to pay a higher ticket price,or attend the games more often to help raise rvenue ??? One has to think about where the funds come from ,or how to aquire such funds, before one make these comments .

  • Metman on November 28, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Bravo....every other person knows that you and Gayle DON'T want to play under Sammy,so the two of you WILL come up with all sorts of excuses from time to time ! I am not surprised that you are fit and ready now that the A team has finished their engagements against Bangladesh !One would call that perfect timing,or should I say perfect HEALING ! Understand Sammy is to remain skipper until 31st.December 2012,at least...what then would be your next gimmick,if pick,....a side strain, like your partner Pollard did in SL about a year ago,when he couldn't cope with Malinga ?@ Butts and Robert Haynes........You said that Ryan Hinds and Benn will not be considered for selection until they show that they are committed to WI cricket.......but if you don't pick them ,(like how you pick Bravo and Pollard earlier,and they both refused to play),how then would you know that they are not committed ? clearly of late Bravo and Pollard are NOT committed ,..what then are the reasons this time around ?

  • Coraline_Jones on November 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    come on dear friends ... Gayle, Bravo, Pollard .... if WI ppl don't need them send them to India. We can Accommodate them. WICB will b a big loser in this drama. They are star players and every one is very important player of their team in IPL and BBI etc. I don't think running behind money is a sin. They are committed to WI. That is the reason why Gayle missed most of the IPL seasons. WICB shld understand that thing nd shld plan their schedule according to that. No body can deny the fact that WI has few of the world class individual players. So no point in playing the blame game questioning their commitment. I just ask all those ppl crying abt Money, tell me sincerely putting your hand n ur heart, if u r such a gifted talent and getting offers from all around the wrld fr big money... wld u still have opted not to play there becoz it is not patriotism ???????

  • SirViv1973 on November 28, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    I can't see Bravo ever playing another test match for West Indies, however that dosen't mean to say he can't play for West Indies again. Surely it would make sense for him to retire from the longer form of the game as it doesn't look like his body can take the stress. If he then said he wanted to fight for his place in the ODI and T20 sides and was also prepared to play in the domestic T20 and 50 over competions then I think the selectors should considering him as that's pretty much what they are doing with Pollard. Bravo could still play IPL and BBL but it would also be a sign of his commitment if he turned out for T&T in CLT20 rather that CSK.

  • on November 28, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Earlier I took some heat for criticizing the WICB... here is one of the reasons from a WIBC official " I am particularly worried about two young players in Adrian Barath and Devendra Bishoo. Barath has been battling a hamstring problem for some time and he needs to take a closer look at his body and work on getting to understand what brings on the injury, while he is not playing cricket. It is not only a problem for the WICB. The player has to do what is best for himself and try to work towards eliminating the possibilities of getting injured."...the WICB need to, like other top teams develop a conditioning program that enables fitness year round...I do not know of the inner workings or the WICB finance or any one individual or individuals, so I have no personal grudge issue here... but I am a fan of the lovely 70s and would gladly support any WI team that takes the game with some level of seriousness as witnessed in part in India.. and I am still puzzled at Sammy being the captain.

  • Silloh on November 28, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Dwayne B , as much as I admire your cricketing skills and all round ability, you should be the first to understand and appreciate that you can not walk in to the TT team when you want, when you want and when you are available. Let's face it you are looking at your future , money wise and I don't blame you. But others are staying back and giving their all . eg Darren Bravo. So man, get fit first ; that ankle brings questions to your fitness and then take it from there. Good luck in Australia. Nuff respect.

  • Mayfield on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    @coll gayle. Then state your position clearly. State that you do not want to sign a contract because you want to be available to play in the various 20/20 tournaments. State that this means you will not be available to play for WI when your schedule conflicts. Do not act like you are committed to WI, shen you are not. These players are running a very effective PR campaign. Pretend like you are committed to WI cricket, get the fans on your side, and continue to do what you want to do. This guy was the vice captain and would have been the captain of the WI team. What does he do? Refuse to sign a contract. If the captain and VC refuse to sign contracts, what does that say. Does that shows loyalty? Its just incredible the simplistic arguments most of the supporters of these two propagate. LET ME REPEAT, THE CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN REFUSE TO SIGN CONTRACTS. REFUSE TO SHOW THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE TEAM. EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE WHAT THAT MEANS.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Why is it you guys are not advocating for the guys who have no place in the team and no money. Thats why we all need to put our ego aside and look at every body situation. All you guys who are condemning Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle that they are not committed to WI cricket for making hay while the sun shine, just look at others of the pass who did not get that chance they are out there hearting financially because WI donot have a pension plan for there ex players .

  • Meety on November 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    The other Bravo is WAY better anyways!

  • rienzied on November 29, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    This is a joke, his timing is impeccable, when it comes to playing in these comps. I understand the WICB is in a financial mess , and there is no nationalistic and commercial viability to the international windies scene, sadly the team will wither away. Being a lifelong supporter, it just makes me so sad....

  • simonviller on November 28, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    I'ts quite obvious what's going on with Mr .Bravo here !! To you who suggest that W.I should pay proper salaries and have proper fitness programs etc; Check out the current salay structures in cricket today . I think you'll be surprised as to what you find . For developing nations with a relatively small populations and similarly limited industrial bases,don't you think that they are doing quite well by comparison ? Are you willing to pay a higher ticket price,or attend the games more often to help raise rvenue ??? One has to think about where the funds come from ,or how to aquire such funds, before one make these comments .

  • Metman on November 28, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Bravo....every other person knows that you and Gayle DON'T want to play under Sammy,so the two of you WILL come up with all sorts of excuses from time to time ! I am not surprised that you are fit and ready now that the A team has finished their engagements against Bangladesh !One would call that perfect timing,or should I say perfect HEALING ! Understand Sammy is to remain skipper until 31st.December 2012,at least...what then would be your next gimmick,if pick,....a side strain, like your partner Pollard did in SL about a year ago,when he couldn't cope with Malinga ?@ Butts and Robert Haynes........You said that Ryan Hinds and Benn will not be considered for selection until they show that they are committed to WI cricket.......but if you don't pick them ,(like how you pick Bravo and Pollard earlier,and they both refused to play),how then would you know that they are not committed ? clearly of late Bravo and Pollard are NOT committed ,..what then are the reasons this time around ?

  • Coraline_Jones on November 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    come on dear friends ... Gayle, Bravo, Pollard .... if WI ppl don't need them send them to India. We can Accommodate them. WICB will b a big loser in this drama. They are star players and every one is very important player of their team in IPL and BBI etc. I don't think running behind money is a sin. They are committed to WI. That is the reason why Gayle missed most of the IPL seasons. WICB shld understand that thing nd shld plan their schedule according to that. No body can deny the fact that WI has few of the world class individual players. So no point in playing the blame game questioning their commitment. I just ask all those ppl crying abt Money, tell me sincerely putting your hand n ur heart, if u r such a gifted talent and getting offers from all around the wrld fr big money... wld u still have opted not to play there becoz it is not patriotism ???????

  • SirViv1973 on November 28, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    I can't see Bravo ever playing another test match for West Indies, however that dosen't mean to say he can't play for West Indies again. Surely it would make sense for him to retire from the longer form of the game as it doesn't look like his body can take the stress. If he then said he wanted to fight for his place in the ODI and T20 sides and was also prepared to play in the domestic T20 and 50 over competions then I think the selectors should considering him as that's pretty much what they are doing with Pollard. Bravo could still play IPL and BBL but it would also be a sign of his commitment if he turned out for T&T in CLT20 rather that CSK.

  • on November 28, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Earlier I took some heat for criticizing the WICB... here is one of the reasons from a WIBC official " I am particularly worried about two young players in Adrian Barath and Devendra Bishoo. Barath has been battling a hamstring problem for some time and he needs to take a closer look at his body and work on getting to understand what brings on the injury, while he is not playing cricket. It is not only a problem for the WICB. The player has to do what is best for himself and try to work towards eliminating the possibilities of getting injured."...the WICB need to, like other top teams develop a conditioning program that enables fitness year round...I do not know of the inner workings or the WICB finance or any one individual or individuals, so I have no personal grudge issue here... but I am a fan of the lovely 70s and would gladly support any WI team that takes the game with some level of seriousness as witnessed in part in India.. and I am still puzzled at Sammy being the captain.

  • Silloh on November 28, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Dwayne B , as much as I admire your cricketing skills and all round ability, you should be the first to understand and appreciate that you can not walk in to the TT team when you want, when you want and when you are available. Let's face it you are looking at your future , money wise and I don't blame you. But others are staying back and giving their all . eg Darren Bravo. So man, get fit first ; that ankle brings questions to your fitness and then take it from there. Good luck in Australia. Nuff respect.

  • Mayfield on November 28, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    On 11/4 it was announced that this guy was injured and could not play for the A team. On 11/28 it is announced that he would be ready for the BBL. I had posted a comment in reference to his injury that was not published. It should become quite clear or maybe not, to the bashers of Gibson and the WICB that these guys are all about the money, and no one is begrudging them that. This is the reason why Gayle, Bravo and whoever else, refuse to sign contracts. They want to pick and choose when they play and WI cricket is secondary, or maybe not important at all. To all the WICB and Gibson bashers, maybel if all of the WI cricketers refuse to sign contracts we wouldn't have a team to field at all. They would all be playing in 20/20 tournaments around the world.

  • maddy20 on November 28, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    He is a cardboard cut "Freelance Cricketer". Can we expect anything different?

  • on November 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Bravo & Gayle have sealed their own fate. These guys r mercenaries. WI cannot afford their price, so just let us make use with what we have. Fortunately we have adequate replacements. Two things I can tell u. 1. If u can't love yr country, u can't love anyone. 2. A fool & his money r soon parted. The future of WI cricket is safe, I can't say the same for others.

  • on November 28, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    cricinfo needs to add the thumbs up or down option so readers can add there support or dislike.. n i must say thumbs up to all u comments except for Karim. i guess no one told u that West Indies Players are amoung the highest paid players in the sport..look it up, im sure u will be suprised. these superstar players are chasing the money. best of luck to them. what i dont like is pple making WICB look bad because they no longer show interest in them. of which i fully totally agree. give our young team a chance..

  • ste13 on November 28, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    I still think current WI team shows some improvement over what happened in the last years. The tests in India were a contest, bowling was OK, while unfortunately batting was good only 1 innings per match. I still think the teams deserve further chances. It is better to have 100% committed players, then super stars who do not make a team. On Sammy - he is hard-working guy and not a bad captain. MS Dhoni has been recently erratic while performing in tests, but he is constantly a good captain - at least there are not as many negative views on him as in case of Sammy (not really justified).

  • on November 28, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    exactly what I have been saying about Chris Gayle & Dwayne Bravo...MONEY is the word..Dwayne got picked to lead the WI A team ..day before first game he have a ankle injury ..have to fly back to trinidad..now he's ready for Big Bash in Austrailia...then he's going to come back fully fit ..play for T&T to be sure they make it to champions trophy where the money is again...not WI so you people who keep talking about these guys should be in team WAKEUP...this is same reason why they do not want any contract with the WI team...they want to play when they choose to ..so WI & Selectors doing right job ..stick with young guns at least we have some guys who are playing from the heart.

  • on November 28, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Sadly enough, the likes of chris gayle and dwayne bravo have become too big for west indies cricket. Its all about money now. Right now I belive we have a group of young men who really desire to perform well for west indies. Let gayle and bravo continue to make their money, if any allrounder deserves to get a chance he should be andre russell.Gayle and bravo were two of my favourite players, but clearly you can see it's about d money. I bet if gayle was not freelancing with 20/20 he would have already apologised. Am not saying that the authorities in wi have it all correct, but they really mean well. I am certain of that.

  • on November 28, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    "this time around I will also be available for Trinidad and Tobago in the regional series, as we look to defend our title" - Wow! How charitable of him!! This guy, while talented, has been an incredible non-performer for WI as well as his T20 teams and he has been on the WI squad for a long, long time unnecessarily. There is no comparison between him and the other two outcasts (Sarwan, Gayle). Both of them have proven to be consistent in tests and ODIs where as Bravo has not. I am perplexed about the number of people who seem to think he is good. It would be nice if T&T do not pick him as he shouldn't be an automatic choice. I do however agree than he can play for any other side, but don't understand why he would be picked when he is so inconsistent.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on November 28, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    WICBC Should make it clear to bravo up front, i mean right now, that they no longer have interest in him

  • Davgood on November 28, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    There are thousand of fans being critical of the WICB insisting that Bravo should be in the WI Teams, but Bravo is clearly showing that he is following the money trail.That in itself is not a crime but he should make it clear that there is no interest in playing for the WI so that the critics of the WICB could look for something else to blame.I can bet you that when he is back playing for T&T that his performance will be very very moderate at best, there will be no fire since there will be no serious monies. He will try but it will not happen( No real desire)

  • on November 28, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    bravo keep on getting himself injured in these tournaments and then he starts flopping 4 west indies and getting injured, hold a rest and recupertion nuh ute

  • bipulkumar on November 28, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Quick return for BBL and then injured again till IPL

  • on November 28, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Before everyone bash him, try to understand the management and finance of the West Indies Cricket board and what a player with a limited playing career might want to maximize his potential earnings. If the WIBC ran a fair organization, developed and retained quality athletes with a good and fair salary...Bravo along with the likes of Gayle, Sarwan, Pollard etc will all be more involved in the team today......for further understanding of what is happening..just review the recently concluded test series in India and offer if you can the reason for the current captain to be the captain....and coaches and selectors etc...while the current 1-5 batsmen did show some fight in the 2nd inning-test 2 and 1st inning test 3, the team needs a quality Captain who contributes on the field as well...the team is not as good as Australia, India, England to have essentially a non-playing captain...

  • DasaradhiR on November 28, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Do well for windies team. This can only help you earn more with the franchisees. So dear bravo... BRAVOOO...

  • on November 28, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    this is happening now in carribean cricket. Cricketers are more interested to play for 20/20 instead of national duties. This is not good sign for the country's as well as the players. If the players are cunning for making moneys, they are not looking for international career. Country first and then money. Mind it Dwayne.

  • on November 28, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is a pro with one talent - cricket. Its upto him to make as much money out of cricket while he i still young enough and fit enough to do so. Missing the IPL or the BBL is financial suicide. The problem is that there is too much cricket going on. Reduce the number of ODI's and players will be able to play in T20 tournaments and play international cricket as well. The ODI world cup is long over and we have still had numerous pointless bilateral ODI tournaments around the world. All this does in injure players and take attention away from tests

  • Mayfield on November 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Yes Bravo. We knew that you would be ready for the BBl. So predictable. Keep on making the money while you can. It is very clear what you are all about.

  • tanweeralam on November 28, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    They (injuries) come at times of national duty and vanish during leagues... Intresting

  • on November 28, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    yeah Dwayne, how convenient is that? You my friend are losing credibility fast while the lesser lights are representing the Windies. I used to be one of your biggest fans but it is really getting hard to buy all these injuries that seem to clash with Windies duties but not with IPL or BBL or Natwest.

  • WI4life on November 28, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    he does not have an injury, he just want to play 20/20............i hope WICB never give him the chance to play for WI again!!!!

  • on November 28, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    He should get into teh Carrabein twenty 20, this time, instead of the big bash.

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  • on November 28, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    He should get into teh Carrabein twenty 20, this time, instead of the big bash.

  • WI4life on November 28, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    he does not have an injury, he just want to play 20/20............i hope WICB never give him the chance to play for WI again!!!!

  • on November 28, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    yeah Dwayne, how convenient is that? You my friend are losing credibility fast while the lesser lights are representing the Windies. I used to be one of your biggest fans but it is really getting hard to buy all these injuries that seem to clash with Windies duties but not with IPL or BBL or Natwest.

  • tanweeralam on November 28, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    They (injuries) come at times of national duty and vanish during leagues... Intresting

  • Mayfield on November 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Yes Bravo. We knew that you would be ready for the BBl. So predictable. Keep on making the money while you can. It is very clear what you are all about.

  • on November 28, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is a pro with one talent - cricket. Its upto him to make as much money out of cricket while he i still young enough and fit enough to do so. Missing the IPL or the BBL is financial suicide. The problem is that there is too much cricket going on. Reduce the number of ODI's and players will be able to play in T20 tournaments and play international cricket as well. The ODI world cup is long over and we have still had numerous pointless bilateral ODI tournaments around the world. All this does in injure players and take attention away from tests

  • on November 28, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    this is happening now in carribean cricket. Cricketers are more interested to play for 20/20 instead of national duties. This is not good sign for the country's as well as the players. If the players are cunning for making moneys, they are not looking for international career. Country first and then money. Mind it Dwayne.

  • DasaradhiR on November 28, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Do well for windies team. This can only help you earn more with the franchisees. So dear bravo... BRAVOOO...

  • on November 28, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Before everyone bash him, try to understand the management and finance of the West Indies Cricket board and what a player with a limited playing career might want to maximize his potential earnings. If the WIBC ran a fair organization, developed and retained quality athletes with a good and fair salary...Bravo along with the likes of Gayle, Sarwan, Pollard etc will all be more involved in the team today......for further understanding of what is happening..just review the recently concluded test series in India and offer if you can the reason for the current captain to be the captain....and coaches and selectors etc...while the current 1-5 batsmen did show some fight in the 2nd inning-test 2 and 1st inning test 3, the team needs a quality Captain who contributes on the field as well...the team is not as good as Australia, India, England to have essentially a non-playing captain...

  • bipulkumar on November 28, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Quick return for BBL and then injured again till IPL