West Indies left hand batsman Darren Bravo has pulled off from world twenty20 2016 squad as he wants to concentrate on test cricket. Bravo has become third Caribbean player who has withdrawn from sparkling ICC t20 world cup event. Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine have already pulled out from competition.
After ruling out himself from the event, Darren Bravo said that he would be looking to play for country in the longer format of game instead of playing in twenty20s. He mentioned that it was great opportunity for him to represent West Indies in world t20 but he thought playing in test and ODI format would be better for him.
He said, “I’m very grateful and humbled for the opportunity to represent the West Indies at the World Cup. However, I’m of the firm belief that I have a very big part to play in the resurgence of West Indies cricket in the longer formats of the game and I will like the opportunity to play in our Professional Cricket League (PCL) because it will put me in good stead and will allow me to achieve those goals that I have aligned myself for the year 2016 and beyond.”
Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse have been included in the Caribbean team for world t20 as the replacements of Pollard and Narine. The replacement of Darren bravo will be named shortly.
West Indies cricket board said, “Following the withdrawal of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, selectors have named Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite respectively, to replace them.The selectors will name Bravo’s replacement shortly.”
West Indies T20 squad
Darren Sammy (Captain), Chris Gayle, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite.
There was pay dispute between Windies cricket board and players which resloved yesterday. Earlier there were rumors that senior players might pull off from participating in sixth ICC World T20 but the matter was sort out after board’s discussion with players.
West Indies are scheduled to play Sri Lanka, South Africa and England in the group stage matches of tournament beginning from 8 March.