The West Indies, who missed out on an edition for the first time in the history of the ODI World Cup, have taken steps towards change, a glimpse of which can be seen in the team announced for the ODI series against England (WI vs ENG). There are many changes in the squad selected to face the English team, as well as the return of some players who have performed well in domestic cricket. However, left-handed batsman Darren Bravo was ignored despite his good performance and it did not go down well with his elder brother and former all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Bravo expressed his anger at not choosing his brother.
Darren Bravo, who has played 122 ODI matches for West Indies, has 3109 runs to his name at an average of 30.18. However, this batsman, who played his last ODI match against India last year, did not get a chance again. His recent form in domestic cricket has been excellent and based on the same tournament, Shane Dowrich and Kjorn Ottley managed to return to the ODI squad but Bravo was overlooked.
Darren Bravo has scored the most runs in the Super50 Cup. He scored 416 runs in eight innings in nine matches at a whopping average of 83.20. During this period, one century and three half-century innings came from his bat. Bravo was better than Dowrich and Ottley but was not selected by the selectors.
Dwayne Bravo expressed his displeasure at Darren Bravo’s non-selection
Hours after the West Indies squad was announced, former all-rounder Dwayne Bravo took to social media to question the selectors for ignoring Darren Bravo’s domestic performances. Bravo encourages candidates to be fair in their selection criteria.
The former Caribbean all-rounder shared a post on Instagram and wrote,
I was not surprised my brother was not selected, but with the recent changes in the management of cricket in the West Indies, I remain a little hopeful for the better. This is unacceptable, and I don’t understand it! So here are my burning questions: What is the criteria for selecting the West Indies team? Surely, it can’t be based solely on performance?
For two seasons, my brother has shown extraordinary talent, scoring more than 400 runs in the recent tournament, with a batting average of 83.2 and a strike rate of 92. I always stay away from these discussion, but the abuse, disrespect and dishonesty of players over the years needs a voice. When exactly does it close?
For my brother, it will also disappear. Keep your head up, stay focused and have faith in God.