Bravo lashes out at WICB, says politics killing cricket: West Indies’ all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has gone on to slam the West Indies Cricket Board over its uneasy relationship with players and lack of facilities provided for the sport. This is not the first time the star all-rounder has had a burst at the officials of the Cricket board and not the only one.
Bravo calls for changes to the running of West Indies cricket. The veteran cricketer was first sacked as captain from the ODIs a year ago and then ignored for the World Cup 2015. This came as a shock to many as Bravo was one of the best performer for the Windies then. He announced his retirement from Test cricket in January.
The sacking came after West Indies players left India in between tour in October 2014 due to contract issues. “The two guys that payed mostly for what took place in India … were the two players who encouraged the guys to actually play,” the all-rounder said on Wednesday.
The team’s coach was recently suspended over a conflict with selectors while many iconic players of the team have overlooked to play Test cricket for West Indies and chose the T20 contracts overseas.
Dwayne Bravo has attacked the West Indies Cricket Board emotionally with his words, saying “too much politics is killing our cricket”. He added that Windies have got the players to be up there with the bests in the world but there is a lot of things going on.
Bravo pointed at the officials who are in charge and asked them to look into themselves. He is disappointed with the grounds, nets and academy. “We don”t have proper grounds, proper nets or a proper academy. All these things are a part of our downfall,” said the star all-rounder.
Dwayne Bravo: “Times change and I think that is one of our problems, we tend to hold on too much to the past and not focus on the future. That has been our downfall. It’s painful to see the state of our cricket. The relationship between players, board members and management staff — it needs to get stronger and tighter. They need to have a lot more honesty”.