Bravo needs to settle dispute to be considered for selection, warns chief selector

Until Darren Bravo settles his ongoing dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the batsman will continue to be overlooked for the national team, the chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne confirmed. The 27-year-old was asked to return home, and his match contract stood terminated, on the eve of the November tri-series in Zimbabwe, after the cricketer sent out a controversial tweet about the WICB president Dave Cameron.

Bravo then declined a WICB central contract and was consequently not selected in the Trinidad & Tobago squad for the Regional Super50, the domestic limited-overs competition that got underway on Tuesday. West Indies’ next international assignment is a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series in early March where they host England. This will be followed by a full series against Pakistan starting March 31.

Though Bravo recently had a Skype call with the WICB officials, the details of the meeting have not been made public. Given the circumstances, Browne said that Bravo could not be selected despite being one of the better available players on the block.

“At this stage all I know is there is supposed to have been some discussion between Darren’s team and WICB,” Browne told Line and Length Network in Barbados. “Until that is settled, I don’t think there will be much going on in terms of Darren playing cricket. He is a talented young man, one of our better players. Obviously it was sad to lose him but at times these things happen, you just need to deal with it and see how you can get him back on the field playing cricket,” he added.

Browne, who took over as chairman of selection panel last June, also pointed out that his committee will monitor the performances of players, especially in tournaments such as the Regional Super50, with an aim to build a squad keeping in mind the larger goal – the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

“This [Regional Super50] is going to be very important for us,” Browne said. “Coming after the Zimbabwe tri-series, we saw some good signs there. Obviously we have a young team. Our captain Jason Holder has played around 50 ODIs, while the others have played 20-22, quite a few are below ten ODIs.”

Browne said the young players, who were a part of the national side in the tri-series, should look to gain maximum exposure and experience.

“It’s a young ODI team for us. So we are looking forward to the Super50 to see the incumbents continue to do the good work, and then those other players who are challenging for a place,” he said. “We have a lot of ODI cricket coming up this year. We’re building up towards the World Cup. So all the players coming in to get runs, wickets can show us they have the attitude not just to be part of the team, but the kind of attitude that makes West Indies people proud.”

Browne stated that his panel has never considered age as a deterrent, and would rather look for consistency. “Age is just a number as the old saying goes,” Browne said.

“People need to perform and perform consistently. We are trying to look at players over three seasons. What we are trying to do is not pick players after just one season. At times that will happen. But if we can get a guy performing consistently for two or three years, then you know he is deserving of an opportunity at the senior level or at least be considered.”

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