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Bravo, lawyer says CWI
failed to follow process
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Es-
tranged West Indies left-hand-
er Darren Bravo has accused
Cricket West Indies of not
affording him due process, in
the decision to axe him from
the Tri-Series tour of Zimba-
bwe last November and bar him
from future selection.
Breaking his silence for the first
time since the controversy erupted
eight months ago, the 28-year-old
said CWI's only communication
with him was to indicate that his
contract had been terminated
and to inform him of flight de-
He said no CWI official had
sought to engage him on the mat-
ter and he found this particularly
disappointing since in the past his
future to West Indies cricket.
"Even though you saw a tweet
on my Twitter account, no one
actually asked me if I did that,"
Bravo told Massy United Insur-
ance's Line & Length Network in
an exclusive interview set to be
aired this weekend.
"I went to sleep the day after the
tweet, woke up at 6:30 am trying
to get myself ready to head to Zim-
babwe for the Tri-Series an all of
a sudden I saw two emails -- one
from Roland Holder (CWI crick-
et operations manager) and one
from Richard Pybus (former CWI
director of cricket) stating that my
contract has been terminated and
I was being sent home.
"The other email was from Ro-
land Holder with my flight details
but no one actually asked me an-
He continued: "I was also giv-
en an ultimatum, after being sent
home, to take down the tweet by 4
pm and apologise on twitter but at
the end of the day no one can prove
if Darren Bravo actually went on his
Twitter account and tweeted that.
"There was no due process, there
wasn't anything. No one asked me
anything. Up to this day, no one
called me and asked me so it has
been very disappointing.
"Yes I want to play cricket for
West Indies again but at the end
of the day when I step back onto
the field, I want to be able to be
happy, I want to be able to enjoy
my cricket once more and that is
probably something I have been
lacking for the last year playing
for West Indies."
The impasse arose last Novem-
ber after Bravo rejected a down-
graded central contract from CWI
and president Dave Cameron
subsequently said in a television
interview that the player had not
merited an enhanced retainer be-
cause of his "declining averages"
and "poor performances."
Cameron mistakenly inferred
that Bravo had previous held a
Grade A contract prompting a
Twitter rant from the Trinidadian
in which he labelled the Jamaican
administrator "a big idiot."
Barbadian lawyer Donna Sym-
monds, a member of Bravo's legal
team, said her client's rights had
been breached and said subsequent
attempts to negotiate with CWI
had ended in frustration.
Bravo is West Indies' premier
Test batsman, with 3400 runs
from 49 Tests at an average of
40, including eight centuries and
16 half-centuries. (CMC)
Last year, the Indian cricket team
came here to play a Test match and
had to sit by and look at the Queen's
Park Oval outfield and not play any
cricket. A damp outfield kept them
indoors. Fast forward to a year lat-
er and the rain came belting down
to deny them another match at the
mecca of local cricket.
A total of 39.2 overs were possible and
in that time the Indians raced to 199 for
three before the heavens opened to put
an end to the first match of the Seagrams
five-match series. The teams will return
to the Oval tomorrow hoping to play the
second match weather permitting.
The heavy rainfall that has been ex-
perienced in Trinidad over the last week
continued and the heavy downpour at
the Oval left the outfield unplayable.
Earlier, the West Indies won the toss and
decided to insert India, hoping to make
early inroads into their batting with
swing available early in the morning.
The 9am start would have influenced
skipper Jason Holder's decision. How-
ever, soon after he must have regretted
that decision as Indian openers Ajink-
ya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan played
With the West Indies attack far from
menacing, the duo piled on the runs
much to the disappointment of the
handful of spectators who showed for
the match. Dhawan coming off an ex-
cellent Champions Trophy started off
rapidly, while Rahane was comfortable
with constructing an innings.
Soon after adjusting to the conditions
of the pitch, Rahane blossomed beauti-
fully and played an array of wonderful
strokes all around the ground. The two
recorded the third Indian century open-
ing stand in the Caribbean before being
separated. Young fast bowler Alzari Jo-
seph produced a slower delivery which
was scooped into the air by the right
hander Rahane with his score on 62.
He faced 78 balls and struck eight fours.
Yuvraj Singh followed and saw the
demise of Dhawan after a wonderful
knock of 87. He was trapped leg before
to Devendra Bishoo playing across the
line. He faced 92 balls, sending eight to
the boundary and two over it. Holder
then accounted for Singh (4) to retard
the scoring rate.
Skipper Virat Kohli and former cap-
tain MS Dhoni then came together and
was setting up nicely for a late assault
when the rain arrived. Kohli was not
out on 32 of 47 balls, while Dhoni was
Taylor is top
LONDON -- West Indies Women
captain, Stafanie Taylor, will en-
ter the ICC Cricket World Cup as
the world's leading all-rounder
and in the top five of both the
batting and the bowling rank-
In the latest ICC women's rankings
released on Thursday, the 26-year-
old Jamaican held a handsome lead in
the all-rounders rankings over sec-
ond placed Ellyse Perry of Australia.
Taylor was the only West Indies
player in the top 10 as Marizanne
Kapp of South Africa along with the
New Zealand pair of Suzie Bates and
Amy Satterthwaite rounded out the
In the batting rankings, Taylor
lay fifth with Aussie Meg Lanning
occupying the top spot and Indian
stroke-maker Mithali Raj in second.
Aggressive right-hander Deandra
Dottin was installed at number eight
but was the only other West Indies
player in the top 20.
Taylor featured at number two in
the bowling rankings behind seamer
Kapp, with veteran Indian fast bowl-
er Jhulan Goswami, third.
Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed is
the only other Caribbean player in
the top 20, in at number seven.
Taylor has been the most prolific
all-round player for West Indies in
recent years, scoring 3732 runs from
98 One-Day Interntionals at an av-
erage of 44.
She has taken 114 wickets with her
off-spin at an average of 18.
The World Cup runs from June 24
to July 23 here in England.
Windies in need of
OAKHAM, England -- Head coach
Vasbert Drakes says the chal-
lenge for the struggling West
Indies Women will be to find
confidence, as they desperately
search for winning form ahead
of opening game of the ICC
Women's World Cup on Mon-
day against reigning champions
On Thursday, the Caribbean slide
plunged to their second loss of the
official warm-ups and fifth defeat
overall in four weeks, to be without
a single win heading into the June 24
to July 23 tournament.
"Like anything else we wanted to
win the cricket game. We wanted to
get into the game today. We didn't
do that from a batting perspective,"
Drakes said following the four-wick-
"We didn't put the runs on the
board to be able to control the game
so we're a little disappointed in to-
day's effort as a batting unit."
He continued: "I don't think it's
a matter of turning it around, it's
just a matter of getting them to
understand what it takes to build a
batting innings, construct a score,
put a target on the board where we
"It's about building confidence.
Certainly over the next couple of
days it would be getting them to
focus on playing positive cricket,
playing brave cricket and also play-
ing smart cricket."
West Indies slumped to an em-
barrassing 63 all out off 23.5 overs
after opting to bat first at Lime Kilns
Ground. They lost their last seven
wickets for three runs in the space
of 49 deliveries.
In-form openers Hayley Mat-
thews (19) and Felicia Walters (14)
put on 35 for the first wicket but were
two of only three players in double
Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed
then took two wickets as South Afri-
ca lost four wickets before reaching
their target in the 19th over.
Drakes said despite the loss, there
were signs West Indies had what it
took to compete effectively.
"Felicia is developing nicely and
Hayley so far on tour she's been get-
ting some starts and she knows if
she carries on she's going to put this
team in a strong position," the for-
mer West Indies player pointed out.
"Anisa bowled well today, seemed
to have good control. We took some
wickets there and created some
pressure so it would have been in-
teresting to see if we had a score on
the board how the game would have
With captain Stafanie Taylor sit-
ting out the contest with a slight
ankle injury, Drakes said it was
important to give as many players
an opportuity as possible to press
"We did not play with Stafanie
Taylor. We're still looking at the
combinations and giving the ladies
opportunities because they haven't
played much cricket back home and
obviously to get the opportunity to
play cricket here going into compe-
tition I think that is a positive for
WI captain Stephanie Taylor
West Indies vs India
A Rahane c Holder b Joseph 62
S Dhawan lbw Bishoo
V Kohli not out
Y Singh c Lewis b Holder
MS Dhoni not out
Total for 3 wkts (39.2ovs) 199
Fall of wkts: 132, 168, 185.
Bowling: J Holder 8-0-34-1, A Joseph
8-0-53-1, A Nurse 4-1-22-0, M Cum-
mins 8-0-46-0, D Bishoo 10-1-39-1, J
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