Gar­ner slams ‘mis­lead­ing’ Bravo claims

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): MAN­AGER OF the West Indies team on tour of the United Arab Emi­rates, Joel Gar­ner, has strongly re­jected as “mis­lead­ing” claims of dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the re­gional side from vet­eran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

Gar­ner re­leased a state­ment on Mon­day say­ing the team man­age­ment is “dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised” by Bravo’s com­ments dur­ing an in­ter­view on i95.5 FM in Trinidad.

The charges and coun­ter­charges be­tween Bravo and Gar­ner came on the heels of or­di­nary per­for­mances by West Indies, which have re­sulted in them los­ing all five limited-overs games played so far against Pak­istan.

“The man­age­ment of the West Indies team in Dubai is dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised by the com­ments made in the press by Dwayne Bravo,” the state­ment said.

“Mr Bravo, with prior per­mis­sion, by the former head coach, turned up on the day be­fore the first Twenty20 match. His sug­ges­tion of dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the team’s plans and prepa­ra­tion is, there­fore, false and mis­lead­ing.”

Apart from suf­fer­ing a white­wash in the three-match T20 series, West Indies have al­ready lost two of the three one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) matches and are in dan­ger of los­ing the fi­nal one to­day.

“I was there in Dubai and ba­si­cally, play­ers were lost, the man­age­ment team looked lost ... we were look­ing like school kids again,” Bravo had said.

“The team meet­ings had no sort of pos­i­tive in­put or any­thing like that. It was like we were just there.”

But Gar­ner, the former West Indies pacer, said the team was “well pre­pared” to play Pak­istan.

AS­SESS­MENTS

He said part of the prepa­ra­tion in­cluded a ses­sion on Septem­ber 10 and 11 in Bar­ba­dos for phys­i­cal screen­ing and fit­ness as­sess­ments.

Gar­ner also pointed to a seven-day build-up to the first T20 match against Pak­istan, which in­cluded a warm-up match.

“This team was well pre­pared to en­gage Pak­istan con­sid­er­ing the con­di­tions and the ad­just­ments that were nec­es­sary to bring mean­ing­ful ben­e­fits to this team. While change is dif­fi­cult to man­age, none of the play­ers were ne­glected by the coach­ing and sup­port staff in the ex­e­cu­tion of their du­ties,” said Gar­ner.

“The team’s prepa­ra­tion con­sisted of ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion, re­cov­ery ses­sions, strength and con­di­tion­ing, nets and skill sets, and man­age­ment-plan­ning meet­ing, which were sup­ported by video footage of the op­po­si­tion, bul­let point re­minders and in­put from our ex­pe­ri­enced coach­ing staff and in­clu­sive of the T20 and ODI cap­tains and the play­ers.”

Bravo also pointed out that the West Indies Cricket Board’s de­ci­sion to sack head coach Phil Sim­mons on the day of the squad’s departure for Dubai had left the Caribbean side de­mor­alised.

But Gar­ner did not re­act to those com­ments.

GAR­NER

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