West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from Test Cricket with immediate effect. Bravo played his last Test for Windies way back in 2010, and his decision comes after he got sacked as the ODI captain and was then dropped from the ODI side for the tour of South Africa and also the World Cup.
In the statement announcing his retirement, Bravo said it was a “difficult time” for West Indies cricket and those associated with it, but added that he still wanted to “serve” the fraternity with “the pride of being a West Indian.”
“Today I am announcing my retirement from Test cricket. I have already informed the WICB of this decision and also indicated my desire to continue to represent the West Indies in the shorter formats of the game.
“Over the years, with the greatest enthusiasm, I have done my best with the deep awareness that I am ultimately representing the people of the game.
“I recognise that this is a difficult time for all of us. Our people of the region have seen and enjoyed great cricketing days but we will not return to glory until we agree to go forward with our love for the game and the respect of the administrators, players and the public.
“I have experienced the exhilarating joy of victory and the devastating pain of defeat. The joyous memories will remind me of what we are capable of achieving. I want to be part of that mission.
“I thank the cricketing fraternity for their support and look forward to serving you with determination and the pride of being a West Indian.”
Bravo played a total of 40 Tests for West Indies and scored 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 with three hundreds. He also picked up 86 wickets with two five-fors.