Flamboyant Trinidadian and West Indian all rounder Dwayne Bravo has lashed out against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Bravo stated that increased politics within the WICB was killing the culture of cricket in West Indies. Bravo also alleged that the board was guilty of ignoring its best players.
“It’s painful to see this is the stage our cricket has reached, given at one point in time we were the best team in the world,” Bravo said. “If those in charge keep harping on about the past and not trying to do anything for the present then we’ll always have these type of interviews, we’ll have back and forth with ex-players saying this and current players saying that. The rest of the world will go on and we’ll always be backwards,” said a dejected Bravo.
Relating to the team’s poor infrastructure, Bravo said, “We’ve got the players to be up there with the best in the world, but there are a lot of things going on.” “We don’t have proper grounds, proper nets or a proper academy. All these things are a part of our downfall. “The relationship between players, board members and management staff needs to get stronger and tighter. They need to have a lot more honesty. There are a lot of dishonest people in charge at the moment.”
While discussing about his own decision to retire from tests, Bravo said, “Until earlier this year, I was still interested to play Test cricket, but I have yet to hear anything from any selector, what their plans are for me, what my position is.” “I just decided it’s time to move on with my life and try to channel my energy in different places. I would have loved the opportunity to play Test cricket again but since being dropped back in 2010, I never got the chance and I just decided to call it a day.”
“I’m not shutting down my opportunities to represent West Indies, I still 100% want to play for West Indies in one-day internationals and T20s,” Bravo concluded.
Bravo’s side were humiliated downunder when Australia bundled them out to record a massive innings win. West Indies have been largely limited to a T20 side in recent times as the infrastructure to develop the test format is sorely lacking. Players are more keen on playing the limited version of cricket. Talent is there but the ability to use it on a longer run is not there.