By Brandon Corlette
Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo came out all guns blazing, slamming Cricket West Indies (CWI) for the non-selection of his brother, Darren Bravo.
Darren’s non-selection fueled a social media outburst, as he missed out on the squad for the upcoming One Day International Series (ODI) against England, starting on December 3 in Antigua.
In an official Instagram post, Bravo described the non-selection of his brother as unacceptable.
The senior Bravo also questioned the selection criteria, as his brother, Darren scored the most runs at the recent Regional Super50 tournament.
Darren Bravo struck 416 runs at an average of 83 and he was the winning captain. The 34-year-old, Darren, last played for West Indies in February 2022.
CWI Lead Selector Dr Desmond Haynes noted that West Indies are investing on youngsters such as Alick Athanaze and Keacy Carty, for the next 50-over World Cup, hence the non-selection of Darren Bravo.
Below is the statement from Dwayne Bravo on his official Instagram
“SMH!!! When will the BS stop?! I’m not surprised by my brother’s non-selection, but with the recent changes in WI cricket management, I held onto a bit of hope for the better.”
“This is NOT acceptable, and I just can’t make sense of it! So here are my burning questions:
What’s the criteria for West Indies team selection? Surely, it can’t be solely based on performance?”
“For two seasons, my brother showcased exceptional talent, becoming the leading run-scorer in the latest tournament with over 400 runs, a batting average of 83.2, and an SR of 92.”
“I usually stay away from these discussions, but the mistreatment, disrespect, and dishonesty towards players over the years demand a voice. When will it stop? When will this BS actually stop?”
“To Mr. Desmond Haynes, your statement didn’t surprise me. It feels like another former player singing for his supper. I hoped for trust in the system with figures like you, Sammy, and the new director of cricket, but the system failed again.”
“To my brother, this too shall pass. Keep your head up, stay focused, and trust in the Almighty. And, as always, I extend my best wishes to the team and selected players.
It’s refreshing to see Ottley, Rutherford, and Dowrich back in the mix. Good Luck, guys!”
FULL SQUAD: Shai Hope (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice captain), Alick Athanaze, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Kjorn Ottley, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd and Oshane Thomas.
Justin Greaves is unavailable for selection due to an injury he sustained in the recently concluded CG United Super50 Cup
Nicholas Pooran is unavailable for selection as he prioritizes preparation for T20I format
Jason Holder is unavailable for selection as he prioritizes preparation for Test and T20I formats
Sunday 3 December: 1st CG United ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua – 9:30am
Wednesday 6 December: 2nd CG United ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua – 1:30pm
Saturday 9 December: 3rd CG United at Kensington Oval, Barbados – 1:30pm