Sun. Oct 25th, 2020

West Indies cricket victim of excessive politics, says Dwayne Bravo

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Former captain Dwayne Bravo has criticized the West Indies Cricket Board over its strained relationship with players and a lack of facilities for the sport in the Caribbean.

Bravo, who will play with the Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Twenty20 league, said “too much politics is killing our cricket,” and added “we’ve got the players to be up there with the best in the world but there’s a lot of things going on.”

Bravo was stripped of the West Indies one-day captaincy a year ago and then was left out of the World Cup squad. He retired from Test cricket in January.

He is the older brother of Darren Bravo, who was on the team which lost the first Test to Australia last weekend in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs.

“Those in charge have to look into themselves,” Dwayne Bravo said. “We don’t have proper grounds, proper nets or a proper academy. All these things are a part of our downfall.”

Players went on strike and quit a one-day tour of India in October 2014. West Indies’ coach has been suspended over a dispute with selectors and many top players have chosen lucrative Twenty20 contracts overseas rather than play for the West Indies.

“The relationship between players, board members and management staff – it needs to get stronger and tighter,” Dwayne Bravo said. “They need to have a lot more honesty.”

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