Trinidad and Tobago’s board stated that they will take a decision on Bravo based on the pending outcome of the meeting between the WICB and the 27-year-old middle-order batsman. “In furtherance to the team for the Super 50 do note that Darren Bravo’s availability is dependent on the outcome of his pending meeting with the WICB,” TTCB chief executive Suraj Ragoonath said.
In November last year, Dave Cameron, WICB’s Chairman, had said in an interview that Bravo was offered a Grade C contract as he wasn’t performing well. “If you continue to keep giving him an A contract then what is the motivation to get better? He has been on an A contract and he hasn’t done well.”
Bravo had replied to Cameron’s criticism on Twitter by saying, “You hav been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don’t u resign and FYI I’ve neva been given an A contract. Big idiot @davec51 (sic).”
The left-handed batsman then reportedly issued a legal notice to the WICB, citing unlawful dismissal after he was sent home from the tour of Zimbabwe. He has notched up 3,400 runs at an average of 40 in Tests. He also ended up with 273 runs at an average of 45.5 in the recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.
Bravo had played a crucial role in helping Trinidad and Tobago win West Indies’ regional 50-over competition in 2015-16 by aggregating 274 runs in three matches. He had also compiled a well-measured innings of 97 in the final against Barbados at Port of Spain.
Denesh Ramdin, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, has been entrusted with the role of captaining the side. Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Mohammed and Sheldon Cottrell are some of the main players in the set-up. The likes of Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine though will be missing from action due to different reasons.
Trinidad & Tobago Squad: Denesh Ramdin (c), Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Alexis, Roshon Primus, Ravi Rampaul, Shannon Gabriel, Khary Pierre, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Imran Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit.