Dwayne Bravo Does A Retirement U-Turn, Available For Selection In T20Is
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has reversed his retirement decision and has made himself available in the T20I format. In a press release, Bravo made the big announcement but he will not be available to play ODIs.
“Today I confirm the announcement of my decision to return to international cricket to all my fans and well wishers around the world. It’s no secret that this big announcement has come as a result of the changes made at the administration level,” Bravo said in his statement.
“For a while now I have been contemplating my return to international cricket and my decision was solidified by these positive changes. With the current leadership of coach Phil Simmons and captain Kieron Pollard I am really excited about this comeback and about the chance to be a part of something really special.
“We have a lot of young on the team as well as cricketers with a wealth of experience such as Pollard, Simmons and Jason Holder and I believe that I can contribute to a positive change. With a powerful team such as ours we can definitely rebuild the West Indies T20 cricket team on and off the field and improve our rankings. I will remain fully committed to th West Indies T20 team once selected,” he added.
Bravo had retired from international cricket in October 2018, two years after playing his last T20Is. Despite quitting international cricket, he was included on the list of backup players for World Cup 2019.
Few weeks back, the veteran cricketer hinted at making a comeback in the shortest format and with two T20 World Cups lined up to be played in 2020 and 2021, the comeback of Bravo is a big boost for West Indies, who are looking for pace-bowling all-rounder. Jason Holder was a part of the India series but couldn’t leave an impact.
A well-established T20 cricketer, Bravo has played 450 T20s in which he has 6298 runs and 490 wickets. He had retired with 1142 runs and 52 wickets in the shortest format at international level.
Bravo’s last T20I appearance came against Pakistan in 2016 while he hasn’t played an ODI since 2014. He hasn’t played any first-class game since 2013 and his previous Test appearance came way back in 2010.
At 36, Bravo surely will not be in the scheme of things for the 2023 World Cup but will be the top all-rounder for the next two editions of T20 World Cup. He was the member of the 2012 and 2016 T20 World Cup-winning teams.
Bravo is expected to play his comeback game when West Indies host Ireland in a limited-overs series next month.
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