Dwayne Bravo confirms international retirement after West Indies exit
Allrounder says "the time has come" after defending champions miss out on semi-final spot
Dwayne Bravo has confirmed that he will retire from international cricket after the conclusion of West Indies' T20 World Cup campaign.
Bravo, 38, came out of retirement in 2019 to aid West Indies' defence of the T20 title they won five years ago. The allrounder, who has appeared at all seven T20 World Cups and helped West Indies to lift the trophy in 2012 and 2016, has 90 T20I caps for his country as well as more than 500 appearances in the format overall.
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"I think the time has come," Bravo said. "I've had a very good career. To represent the West Indies for 18 years, had some ups and downs, but as I look back at it I'm very grateful to represent the region and the Caribbean people for so long.
"To win three ICC trophies, two with my captain [Daren Sammy] on the left here. One thing I am proud about is that the era of cricketers we had we were able to make a name for ourselves on the global stage and not only do that but have silverware to show for it."
West Indies have lost three of their four matches in the ongoing Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup, and cannot qualify for the semi-finals - although captain, Kieron Pollard, said he had no plans to retire after defeat to Sri Lanka ended their campaign.
West Indies will play their final Group 1 game against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, with Bravo admitting "it wasn't the World Cup we wanted".
"For me now I want to try and pass on whatever experience and information I have with the younger players," he said. "I think in the white-ball formats West Indies cricket have a bright future and it's important for us to keep supporting the guys and keep encouraging them.
"It wasn't the World Cup we expected, it wasn't the World Cup we wanted as players. We shouldn't feel sorry for ourselves, it was a tough competition, we should keep our heads high."