Brath­waite re­jects WICB re­tainer

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua, (CMC): EST INDIES Twenty20 cap­tain, Car­los Brath­waite, is among three play­ers who have de­clined cen­tral con­tracts from the West Indies Cricket Board.

In a re­lease yes­ter­day, the board said Brath­waite along with Test bats­men Dar­ren Bravo and Mar­lon Sa­muels had all opted not to sign re­tain­ers for the pe­riod which ends next year Septem­ber.

Brath­waite’s move is sig­nif­i­cant since he only as­sumed the helm of the T20 squad last Au­gust, con­tro­ver­sially re­plac­ing two-time Twenty World Cup-win­ning skip­per, Dar­ren Sammy.

The 28-year-old is also a mem­ber of the one-day in­ter­na­tional and Test squads, but has been un­able to com­mand a spot in the long­est for­mat de­spite a bat­ting av­er­age of 45 af­ter three games.

Brath­waite is set to play for Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League, which bowls off this week­end, and is also ex­pected to sign for a fran­chise in the Big Bash League start­ing next month.

Bravo, mean­while, is the Windies’ lead­ing bats­man in Tests where he av­er­ages 40 from 48 Tests. The last of his eight hun­dreds came in the sec­ond Test in the his­toric day/night first Test against Pak­istan in Dubai a fort­night ago.

The left-han­der is cur­rently a mem­ber of the ODI squad but not the T20 unit, and un­like many of his peers, does not cam­paign in the plethora of T20

Wdo­mes­tic leagues across the globe. Sa­muels, at 35, is in the twi­light of his ca­reer and his re­cent form in the Test series against Pak­istan has sug­gested the tour may be his swan­song.

He re­mains an im­por­tant mem­ber of the ODI and T20 squads and like Brath­waite and Bravo, is part of the squad for the Tri-Na­tions Series against Sri Lanka and hosts Zim­babwe start­ing later this month.

Sa­muels is set to turn out in the BPL for Comilla Vic­to­ri­ans.

Mean­while, 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has landed a cen­tral con­tract along with 22year-old bats­man Shai Hope and the 24-year-old left-arm spin­ner Jomel War­ri­can.

Joseph, a mem­ber of the West Indies Un­der-19 squad, which cap­tured the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh ear­lier this year, made his de­but against In­dia last Au­gust.

He is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Test squad on the Pak­istan tour.

Hope, who de­buted against Eng­land last year, has played seven Tests, while War­ri­can has played four Tests, fol­low­ing a de­but series against Sri Lanka last year.

Cen­tral con­tracts for men’s play­ers are worth be­tween US$100,000 and US$150,000.

RE­TAINED PLAY­ERS: Deven­dra Bishoo, Jer­maine Black­wood, Kraigg Brath­waite, Ros­ton Chase, Miguel Cum­mins, Shane Dowrich, Shan­non Gabriel, Ja­son Holder, Shai Hope, Leon John­son, Alzarri Joseph, and Jomel War­ri­can.

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