Bravo ig­nores WICB ul­ti­ma­tum af­ter ‘diss­ing’ Cameron

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jermaine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

CAST-OFF WEST In­dies bats­man Dar­ren Bravo could be in fur­ther trou­ble with the West In­dies Cricket Board (WICB).

This fol­lows his fail­ure to fol­low two di­rec­tives from the WICB at the week­end per­tain­ing to the dele­tion of a state­ment he made on Twit­ter with re­gard to WICB pres­i­dent Dave Cameron and the sub­se­quent is­suance of a state­ment on the im­pro­pri­ety of his ac­tions.

Bravo, the sec­ond-high­est runs scorer for the West In­dies Test team for the past two sea­sons, called Cameron an “idiot’’ in at tweet last Fri­day, Novem­ber 11.

This was in re­sponse to state­ments made by Cameron dur­ing a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view in re­la­tion to Bravo be­ing of­fered a “C’’ con­tract, the low­est of five cat­e­gories of cen­tral re­tainer con­tracts of­fered by the WICB.

Cameron said in the in­ter­view that Bravo was be­ing down­graded from an “A’’ con­tract to a “C’’ con­tract due to a drop in his batting av­er­ages.

How­ever, Bravo, in re­sponse, said Cameron was wrong in his as­sess­ment as he had never held an “A’’ con­tract be­fore.

“You have been fail­ing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don’t u re­sign and FYI [For Your In­for­ma­tion] I’ve neva been given an A con­tract. Big idiot @davec51,’’ stated Bravo.

The WICB, in what was a swift re­sponse a day later, pro­ceeded to is­sue a match/tour can­cel­la­tion let­ter to Bravo, who was in Zim­babwe with the West In­dies team pre­par­ing for their Tri-Na­tion one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries in­volv­ing the hosts and Sri Lanka.

WRIT­TEN NO­TICE

The let­ter, which was is­sued by WICB di­rec­tor of cricket Richard Py­bus, also had in it the two with­drawals of state­ment ul­ti­ma­tums, which had an ex­pi­ra­tion date of last Satur­day.

“Clause 9.3.1 of your match/tour con­tract pro­vides that in de­fault by you in re­spect of your obli­ga­tions un­der the con­tract, WICB may, in its ab­so­lute dis­cre­tion, can­cel the con­tract by writ­ten no­tice to the Crick­eter,’’ said Py­bus in the let­ter.

“In light, there­fore, of your breach of your obli­ga­tions to the WICB in clause 4.7.2.2 of your match/tour con­tract, the let­ter serves as a writ­ten no­tice that your match/tour con­tract is hereby can­celled.”

Added Py­bus:”We also re­quest you im­me­di­ately re­move the high­lighted tweet from your ac­count and de­sist from tweet­ing about WICB of­fi­cials in the future.

“We fur­ther re­quest that you ac­knowl­edge, via your Twit­ter ac­count, the im­pro­pri­ety of your ac­tions and your recog­ni­tion that your de­ci­sion to publicly ex­press your views on so­cial me­dia was not con­duct be­fit­ting of a West In­dies crick­eter.

“I ask that you also note that any fur­ther such ac­tion on your part, in­clud­ing fail­ure to com­ply with our re­quest above by 4 p.m. East­ern Caribbean time on Novem­ber 12 2016, may result in fur­ther dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, in­clud­ing re­fer­ral to the WICB Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee.”

Up to press time yes­ter­day, the re­ferred tweet by Bravo re­mained on his Twit­ter ac­count, and there were no ad­di­tional re­marks with re­gard to the tweet.

BRAVO

CAMERON

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