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Bravo out until tweet goes
BRIDGETOWN -- Cricket West Indies
president Dave Cameron has made it clear
that left-hander Darren Bravo will remain
sidelined from selection until he removes
the offensive tweet which resulted in his
sending home ahead of the Tri-Nations
Series in Zimbabwe last November.
Speaking in a candid interview with Massy
Insurances Line and Length Network over
the weekend, Cameron said the tweet --
labelling him 'a big idiot' -- was the kind
of behaviour CWI was not prepared to
accept, noting that Bravo needed to face up
to this reality.
"Let me make it very clear: what Darren
Bravo has to do first and foremost is take
down the tweet. Every day that tweet stays
up, it is an infraction," Cameron reiterated.
"Secondly, he needs to accept that he's
done something wrong and then we can
move forward from there."
He added: "But we've decided as an organ-
isation -- it came up at the board meeting
-- (that) we'll put it to the disciplinary com-
mittee, let them have a look at it and deter-
mine if there is further action to be taken
and how that will go. We'll move it from
Controversy erupted last November after
CWI announced the 28-year-old Bravo had
declined a central contract for the period
up to September 30, 2017. It emerged sub-
sequently that Bravo, one of the most expe-
rienced members of the Test squad, had
rejected the offer of a Grade C contract, a
downgrade from his previous contract.
Defending the move in a TV interview,
Cameron stirred further controversy by
saying the T&T player's performances had
not merited an enhanced retainer.
"His averages in the last two years have
been declining, so what do you do? Reward
poor performance or do you encourage him
to get better?" Cameron was quoted as
He continued: "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."
An angry Bravo lashed out in response
on Twitter, tagging Cameron in a tweet
which said: "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."
CWI demanded an apology from Bravo
and also asked him to remove the offending
tweet, with failure to do so likely to result
"in further disciplinary action, including
referral to the WICB disciplinary committee."
Bravo complied with neither demand.
Cameron, however, defended his media
statements at the time, noting they may
have been misinterpreted.
"If you've listened to my interview, I didn't
actually say you (Bravo) had a contract. I
said 'if you had such a contract' ... it was
not 'you have an A (contract),'" Cameron
"It was really about if you had a higher
contract then is it right to give someone
who's not been putting the numbers on the
"We did statements about clarifying that.
We have no issue. I have no issue with
saying it ... could have been interpreted in
a particular way."
In April, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave
said a move to have the Bravo matter resolved
had been scuppered after the player slapped
a lawsuit against the regional governing
body for damages arising from loss of earn-
Media reports said the resolution would
have involved a partial apology from Cam-
eron to Bravo and a similar apology from
the player to the president.
Bravo's lawyers said in a statement no
resolution had been reached with CWI but
the player remained committed to repre-
senting West Indies "in an environment of
mutual trust, confidence and respect."
Cameron, who in the past has been no
stranger to controversy, told the Line and
Length Network the Bravo impasse was
symptomatic of a larger problem in West
"These are the kinds of lack of standards
we have had in the past that we are now
trying to (deal with).We're not going to
accept that kind of behaviour going forward,"
the Jamaican administrator said firmly.
"No player, no one is entitled to represent
Cricket West Indies, none of us. And again,
how we operate, how we behave is a reflec-
tion on all of us and that's very important.
"One-point-three billion Indians see
Christopher Gayle as an ambassador, they
see Bravo (as an ambassador) so how they
behave says that's how Caribbean people
are and we take that very, very seriously."
Bravo remains the Windies' premier Test
batsman, with 3400 runs from 49 Tests at
an average of 40, including eight centuries
and 16 half-centuries. In one-dayers, he
averages 32 from 94 matches with three
hundreds and 17 fifties.
In Bravo's absence West Indies have lost
two of three Tests and won just three of 12
Cameron delivers ultimatum to T&T batsman
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (R) plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed
looks on during the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies
at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on last year.
CWI selectors keep same 13 for India
Just a few hours after Pakistan
demolished India by 180 runs to
win the 2017 edition of the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC)
50-Over Champions Trophy in Lon-
don, Cricket West Indies Selectors,
headed by Courtney Browne, named
an unchanged 13-man West Indies
squad to face India in the opening
doubleheader of the five-match one-
day series starting at the Queen's
Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on Friday.
The Caribbean side includes one
uncapped player in seamer Kesrick
Williams, who was drafted into the
squad for the third one-dayer against
Afghanistan last week following inju-
ry to T&T speedster Shannon Gabri-
el.Williams has played eight Twen-
ty20 Internationals and was the
leading bowler in the three-match
series against the Afghans.
The side gathered following the
rained out third One-Day Interna-
tional against Afghanistan last week,
to prepare for the upcoming rubber.
West Indies will need to lift their
game significantly if they are to chal-
lenge the Indians, who lost the final
of the ICC Champions Trophy final
after being bowled out for 158 while
chasing a record 338 for victory on
Sunday. They were poor against the
Afghans, suffering a stunning 63-run
defeat in the opener before labour-
ing to a four-wicket win in the sec-
ond game in pursuit of 136. (CMC)
SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain),
Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter,
Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai
Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis,
Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse,
Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kes-
Evin Lewis... hard hitting T&T batsman.
Goodwood shines in TFA opener
The new season of the Tobago
Football Association league (TFA)
is well underway. A total of 15 goals
were scored in five matches on the
opening day two Sundays ago.
Leading the way in the Division
One fixtures was Goodwood Unit-
ed, who thumped Youth Stars 7-0.
There was a double strike from
Brian Martin and single items from
Kelby Beckles, Delano Davis and
Mark Agard. The remaining goals
came via the own goal route.
Elsewhere, Carnbee/Mt Pleasant
defeated Mt Grace 2-0 with goals
coming on either side of the half
from Nave Roach and Dominique
St Clair Coaching School and
Belle Garden also played to a 1-1
draw. Mandella McKenna hit a 12th
minute strike for Belle Garden but
this was cancelled out by a 22nd
minute goal from Jamal Charles.
Calder Hall also held off North
side FC 2-1.
Je' Vaugh Arnold and Akim Wil-
liams delivered the goods for the
winners while Alex Andrews scored
the lone item for the losers.
In the final game on the Sunday,
Darreon Moses scored in the 69th
minute to give Lambeau a hard
earned 1-0 win over HV Milan.
Meantime, the goals continued
to flow in matches played last Tues-
day and Thursday, as a number of
teams breaching the four-goal bar-
rier with Mason Hall Police Youth
Club going one better.
Calder Hall FC was the team on
the receiving end of a 5-1 drubbing
from Mason Hall. Jase George scored
a double in the win.
Kareem Campbell meanwhile
scored a hattrick in a 4-1 win for
HV Milan over Earlbrokes.
Belle Garden and Goodwood also
both scored 4-nil wins over Youth
Stars and Moriah respectively. Also,
Hills United edged Coaching School
2-1 and Stephen King scored in a
1-nil for Northside against Carnbee/
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