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cricket goes compared to the other teams
It s a lot harder playing for the West Indies
than any of the other teams I represent locally,
regionally and internationally. We do not value
our cricketers like they do elsewhere. We ve
seen in the past and currently too, if things
do not change it will continue in the future.
That is an ongoing problem that has con-
tributed to our decline. It s a mentality of dis-
respect by those in charge. I wish things were
different because we have so much talent in
the region, but it is not managed properly.
How hard is the constant travel from coun-
try to country, living out of a suitcase, and
even the distances within countries?
It s very hard being away for so long, as
much as ten months for the year, being away
from your family and friends. It s not easy not
sleeping in your own bed, but as a professional
who has to ply one s trade across the world
you have to deal with the stresses of living
out of a suitcase while having to move every
few days to a different location and hotel.
Even here at home, you have to be with your
team in a hotel so you are still not in your
Does it get lonely on the road, and is it
important to have a happy dressing room
and teammates that you can get along with?
Teammates, team spirit and team unity are
all very important especially on the road, so
much so that your teammates are like your
family, like brothers. When you have the spirit
and unity it makes life a lot easier.
How much pressure is it to be playing in
front of different crowds in different condi-
tions around the world?
For me, it s no added pressure and actually
I like the challenge presented. As a professional
you have to know your job and be ready to
do it well. Having said that, there is that extra
drive in front of your home crowd but I won t
call it pressure.
Have you patterned your game, including
your captaincy, against anyone?
Not really. I just play my game, but I do try
to pick up the best qualities from players and
captains I play under or against by observing
them in action.
Financial stability is important to everyone.
What advice would you give to young aspir-
ing players regarding how they manage their
finances, if and when they earn the bigger
Managing money is very important, whether
you earn a lot or not so much. In cricket,
while we do not earn as much as in some of
the other professional sports like football, bas-
ketball and baseball, it is important as a pro-
fessional player to put aside and invest for the
future for when your playing days are over,
since there is really no structure in place oth-
How do you give back to the game that so
far has given you so much?
While I cannot give of my time now, I do,
along with a few of the other professional
players, sponsor at least two players per year
to attend the Sir Garfield Sobers Cricket Tour-
nament in Barbados. We also have the Dwayne
Bravo Kids Day annually in Santa Cruz, which
has been going for the last six years. Recently,
we held an event with bmobile where part
proceeds went to literacy and the disabled.
Who are the people who have influenced
you the most in your cricket career?
Brian Lara as mentioned before, Charles
Guillen my childhood coach, Richard Smith,
who when I was 16 and he was the captain
of the T&T team, insisted that I be included,
so he was a big influence. And of course my
mom and dad.
Tell our readers something about you that
you would really like them to know about
That I do not drink alcohol, I do not smoke
or gamble. I love to party but that only comes
on the back of my successes. Also that I train
What motto do you live by and what is
your recipe for success?
Nothing in life is easy. Even if you have the
natural talent you have to work hard every
day while believing in your talent. Enjoy your
life to the fullest, you only have one life to
live. Always try to help others as you no doubt
have been helped along the way.
Most prized possession/s?
Most definitely this year s Humming Bird
Gold Medal award. It s something that means
a lot to me. I really, really treasure it.
You are now pursuing a singing career.
Do you put the same energy into this as you
do to your cricket?
Yes, now I do as I have been encouraged
by the success of the song Chalo Chalo, which
I did with Nisha B. It has become a top party
song internationally. Music, like sports, brings
people together, and I am blessed to be able
to do both, so I intend to continue to work
hard at both of them.
Cricket has taken you to many countries...
where else would you like to visit?
I have always wanted to go to Nigeria, so
that would be it.
What goals and or ambitions do you still
Back in 2004, when I first played for the
West Indies, my goal was to be part of a team
that would take the regional team back to the
top of the table. So much has gone against us
in achieving that goal at the Test level, but I
would still like to be part of the team that
takes us to the top of the ODI and T20 format
of the game.
Who/what influenced your love for music
and encouraged you to actually become a
Being a fan of Beenie Man and wanting to
meet him and being star struck when I met
him in 2006. We struck up a friendship which
led to us doing a recording called Beenie Man
and Bravo. I am also a great admirer of Machel
and Bunji and hope to collaborate with them
sometime if they would have me. These three
artistes are so energetic in their performances,
so I do see that similarity among the four of
Which is your favourite calypso/soca tune?
Machel s Like a Boss and Bunji s We Ready,
which was the theme song of the national
Tell our readers about obtaining your
Chalo Chalo is available on iTunes. I will
be releasing some songs after Carnival, at least
five, so stay tuned!
With the various teams I play for: Big Dog
in India, Johnny in Australia after my middle
name, Pro in South Africa...it varies.
Favourite food and drink?
Callaloo, macaroni pie, and stew chicken
What is your cricket schedule for the next
Two T20 games in Sri Lanka for the West
Indies, then some T20 games in South Africa,
then to Australia, then back home.
Life after playing cricket?
To be home in Trinidad and having one of
the leading recording studios around and fur-
thering my music career and, of course, giving
back to cricket in whatever way I can.
Describe yourself in two words, one begin-
ning with D, the other with B...your initials?
Dreamer and Brave.
From Page B2
Bringing people together
with sports, music
Entertainer and cricketer Dwayne Bravo, left, and chutney star Nisha B perform their song
Chalo Chalo, which was released earlier this year.
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