World T20 2014 March 31, 2014

T20 leagues bring players closer - Dwayne Bravo


Dwayne Bravo may not count the Australians among his best friends but the hostility that was seen in West Indies' celebrations after they beat George Bailey's side in the World T20 was limited to the field, according to the allrounder. Bravo credited that to T20 leagues such as the Big Bash League and the IPL, which he felt had improved relationships between cricketers of different countries. As an example, Bravo said he had discussed the BBL with his Australian opponents at their common hotel in Dhaka a couple of days after their tense World T20 match.

"We are all professional cricketers. They want to win and they will do whatever it takes to try and get a win," Bravo said. "Sometimes, we use it for motivation and some other teams retaliate. We are not a side that retaliates. We try and prepare well and be expressive on the cricket field. At the hotel, we see each other, meet each other and have a quick chat. We may not be best of friends or go out for dinner.

"Obviously that happened in the field. (Sunday) morning, I was having a chat with [Brad] Haddin, [Aaron] Finch and [David] Warner about the Big Bash League. Speaking for myself, we are all good friends off the cricket field. I play a lot with them in the Big Bash. That game was really heated. We really needed to win. We were better placed in the group than them, but the comments before the game played up a bit, but that happens on the field.

"We play together for the Big Bash and the IPL and some of them come and play in the Caribbean Premier League too. With all these leagues in the world, you end up developing a better relationship."

Bravo pointed to the cordial manner in which West Indies play India and said that was one of the benefits of the IPL, apart from the monetary returns for players. "Look at the India-West Indies games, the relationship is like one love and it's like one country playing.

"Thanks to the IPL, it allows that. It's a good thing for international cricketers. Apart from money, it also brings you closer to another cricketer from another country and become friends."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    No matter how loud we shout here they all are really good friend behind the scene. IPL, BPL, BBL or what ever make them close. Sledging, staring, was part of the game and it's the mental battle between the sides.

    But even you don't like a team do you admit it in public? There may be many reasons for the dislike, but as professionals you have to choose the words carefully. Many people can give different interpretations of this so called "dislike". It's a shame for Faulkner and AUS cricket.

  • Rakesh on April 1, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @SLisBestinEarth - IPL would in fact be better without the overhyped cricketers. We have enough WI, OZ and SA cricketers to have excellent cricket. Who needs tour average cricketers? Fake lions.

  • Senthil on April 1, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Some natural needle is good for competition, but not invented, fake needle like the nonsense Faulkner tried to come up with. That's childish.

    Overall, I think the cricket fraternity has evolved enough to not need to needle anybody and still play good solid competitive cricket.

    @SLisBestinEarth - Yes, I'm sure India's grain output will also be higher if more SL players play in the IPL! What a pity India will have famine this year!

  • Ankit on April 1, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    @thePakistanian: I am an Indian and will fully agree the fact you just said. I love Afridi and Shoiab but not pak. Love ABD, AMLA, Kallis, Styne but not S.Afr. Miss those old fashioned battle. Warm bloods. If any one remember than 1996 world cup is still remembered for two things (For Ind-Pak fans). 1. Jaysuriya-Kalu opening. 2. Prasad-Sohail tussle. Still when we see that in youtube we get energetic. Love the fights when both teams are in that frame of mind.

  • Cham on April 1, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    well well well, Bravo! Bravo... finally comes out with the truth, IT does look like ONE COUNTRY playing when WI plays India... it s like one team pays enough and the other team gift them the victory.. well said Bravo

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    It's a good thing that the boys know that there is more to life than cricket. But yah, when West Indies played India it seemed like the Windies were continuously looking to impress the Indians by rolling over. There was no needle in the game, even in terms of just having both teams competing seriously.

  • SLisbest on April 1, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    If Srilanka haven't prticipated, IPL would be huge failue && it would't have existed...

  • Umair on April 1, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Yes you are right Dwayne about playing India that it feels only one country is playing i.e. India

  • Mudabbir on March 31, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    I do miss Ghambir-Kamran/AFRIDI fights! Shoaib's abuses & injuries to others & Good old fashioned Aussie super-sledgeing!

    I just love Gayle, but not WI! Love Kallis, AB, STYEN but not SA. Love Dravid & Dhoni but not India!

    Do "show" some fight... Guys!

  • pushkar on March 31, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    @navinrajpal, it was also a dream come true of watching him fail in the IPL. I respected how he won matches for Australians but could never respect him or the way he played his game. But sticking to the article's theme, I do agree that the leagues have brought in the players closer. But despite that it is interesting to see how all teams hate Australian players.... and its never because Australians are good players but because how badly the behave. Saffers or Lankans or Pakis play hard and tough cricket too... but nobody hates them.

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