It is a shame that West Indies lost the World Cup even before it began – Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo was simply flabbergasted at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for making a mess of the side’s preparations for the ICC World Cup 2015. Bravo said that it was a “shame” that the West Indies were prepared to lose the World Cup even before it began. The acrobatic all rounder came out all guns blazing against the WICB and ridiculed the way it handled its own players.
Bravo said that ignoring the senior group of players for the World Cup, who put in more than three years of effort, was a recipe for disaster. “Another World Cup come, finish. They (were) happy with their decision. They were prepared not to win this World Cup,” he said. “It is a shame that before the World Cup even started, they were already prepared to lose and look forward to building for the next World Cup, whereas in the last three years we were building for this World Cup. But it is all water under the bridge now. I am not someone to hold on to anything,” said Bravo.
The Trinidadian also mocked the decision of axing him and fellow Trinidadian Kieron Pollard from the World Cup. Bravo openly admitted that the duo’s axing from the World Cup wasn’t surprising at all. The all rounder said that the reasons given by the board headed by Clive Lloyd for their exclusion were worth laughing upon. “We actually laughed when he said it to us. To be honest, we knew it was coming. We know the type of people in charge of our cricket are actually mature enough to make sensible decisions and the right decisions for the benefit of cricket,” Bravo said. “If we had got selected we actually would have been surprised. We expected it. There was nothing that shocked us.”
“The explanation that they gave us was too many allrounders or they want to try young players, whatever the case might be… Kieron Pollard is 27, I am 31. Also as far as our form was concerned, as I said, the last 12 months I had been West Indies’ best player. So to be left out with those explanations, obviously, all we could have done is laugh. It was a big joke.”
Bravo also said that he had no intention to change his decision of retiring from Test cricket. “No. There is a lot more that needs to be changed in order for me to even think of coming back into Test cricket. At the moment I am happy with my decision and I don’t see it changing anytime soon unless something drastic changes,” said Bravo.
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