Dar­ren Bravo was duly pun­ished

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

WEST IN­DIES cricket con­tin­ues to at­tract the spot­light. Once upon a time - and the mem­ory is dimmed on that - this head­line billing was the case, but then it was for the right rea­sons. Nowa­days, it is like the low per­for­mance level of the team, more so in Test matches, is stuck with their fans as a con­stant com­pan­ion. Even in the short­est ver­sion, where the team is sup­posed to be ‘rul­ing the roost’, when­ever there is a glim­mer of hope or a gain in con­fi­dence, the in­evitable gloom comes hard on its heels. Yes, ear­lier in the year, un­der the now de­posed Dar­ren Sammy, the World T20 tro­phy was taken, the sec­ond such success on the trot. But a 3-0 washout to Pak­istan a few weeks ago was not far adrift.

As if all the sor­did tales that the re­gion is be­ing asked to em­brace, are not enough, here comes the highly re­ported Dar­ren Bravo re­marks. The man who from the on­set of his ca­reer mim­ics his idol, the mag­nif­i­cent Brian Lara in so many ways ex­cept runs on the board, has run a ‘one short’ on the type of be­hav­iour that should ob­tain in a work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. He took to his Twit­ter ac­count to take on West In­dies Cricket Board (WICB) Pres­i­dent, Dave Cameron. His ill-timed and ill-ad­vised out­burst was on the back of his be­ing of­fered a C Con­tract and not the A of which Cameron said he was not wor­thy. On re­gional tele­vi­sion, the Pres­i­dent went on to out­line sta­tis­ti­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions which, ac­cord­ing to him, Bravo had not met.

Fos­ter’s Fair­play thinks that to ques­tion the boss’ judge­ment and will­ing­ness to speak the truth, is not al­to­gether out of line. It is in keep­ing with what goes on at the work­place in these more lib­eral and per­mis­sive times. But, it is the view of this colum­nist, that they must be bound­aries. By any yard­stick rel­a­tive to dis­ci­pline and deco­rum, it can­not be ten­able for a worker, as the bats­man is in this sce­nario, to de­scribe the top man in his or­gan­i­sa­tion in the dis­re­spect­ful terms in which he did. The tweet read: “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.”

IN­VI­TA­TION WITH­DRAWN

The ac­tion taken by the West In­dies Cricket Board has been to with­draw the in­vi­ta­tion to Bravo to be a mem­ber of the re­gion’s squad for the up­com­ing TriNa­tion One Day In­ter­na­tional Se­ries, which in­cludes Sri Lanka and home team Zim­babwe. The dis­missed player will head home to the Caribbean, when the camp in Potchef­stroom, South Africa breaks.

Fos­ter’s Fair­play has lit­tle con­cern for whether or not Cameron mis­rep­re­sented the cash amount of the con­tract that Bravo was of­fered in the past. That, from where this colum­nist is po­si­tioned, is be­side the point. The real is­sue here is the Trinidad & Tobagob­orn batting stylist’s post on his so­cial me­dia plat­form. There are per­sons who are given the au­thor­ity to make de­ci­sions and rul­ings that af­fect the ca­reers, and by ex­ten­sion, the lives of oth­ers. Cameron and his col­leagues in the hi­er­ar­chy have been given that role. This is not to say that the work­ers, one of which is Bravo, must fol­low slav­ishly or blindly, all de­crees from above. The board sup­ports and al­ways has an ear open to the player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive body, the West In­dies Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion . If Bravo is not a mem­ber of this group, he can have an agent who adopts a sim­i­lar role.

By virtue of the num­ber of matches which Bravo has played, it is rea­son­able to view him as a se­nior player. As such, he is ex­pected to pro­vide guid­ance and ad­vice to the younger ones. What type of stan­dards is he set­ting for them? It was an in­tem­per­ate re­mark, bor­der­ing on in­so­lence and he was duly pun­ished.

In ad­di­tion to dis­missal from the se­ries, Bravo was in­structed to re­move the of­fend­ing tweet from his Twit­ter ac­count and if he failed to do so by 3p.m. Ja­maica time last Satur­day, he could face fur­ther ac­tion in­clud­ing re­fer­ral to the Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee.

Clearly, the WICB has de­cided, to their ev­er­last­ing credit, to throw the book at him. He de­serves it.

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