Bravo axed by Windies over ‘big idiot’ blast

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Dar­ren Bravo was axed by the West In­dies yes­ter­day af­ter the key bats­man blasted the team’s top of­fi­cial as “a big idiot” in row over con­tracts.

Bravo, 27, was dropped from the squad for the forth­com­ing tri-na­tions one-day se­ries in Zim­babwe af­ter he hit out at the West In­dies Cricket Board (WICB) for their of­fer of a C-cat­e­gory con­tract.

In a Twit­ter out­burst, the Trinida­dian told WICB pres­i­dent Dave Cameron to quit over the han­dling of new deals of­fered to the lead­ing stars of the sport’s fallen giants.

“You have been fail­ing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don’t u re­sign and FYI I’ve neva been given an A con­tract. Big idiot @davec51,” tweeted Bravo. A WICB spokesman said Bravo had been re­placed in the squad by Ja­son Mo­hammed “due to in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, which is contrary to his con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions to the WICB”.

Bravo’s exit leaves the West In­dies short of a player who has made 95 ODI ap­pear­ances and 2,595 runs. The 30-year old all-rounder Mo­hammed re­cently cap­tained West In­dies A Team in the 3-0 se­ries win over Sri Lanka A in Sri Lanka where he scored 105 not out, 58 and 14.

Leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo has been named in the squad to re­place off­spin­ner Su­nil Narine who has with­drawn from the squad for “per­sonal rea­sons”, said the spokesman.Bishoo was the lead­ing bowler for West In­dies in the re­cent Test Se­ries against Pak­istan in United Arab Emi­rates - where he took 18 wick­ets in the three matches.

The 31-year-old has played 13 ODIs, with 20 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 23.8. The West In­dies, Zim­babwe and Sri Lanka fea­ture in the tri-na­tion se­ries from Novem­ber 14-27. West In­dies squad:

Ja­son Holder (cap­tain), Sulie­man Benn, Deven­dra Bishoo, Car­los Brath­waite, Kraigg Brath­waite, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Miguel Cum­mins, Shane Dowrich, Shan­non Gabriel, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ja­son Mo­hammed, Ash­ley Nurse, Rov­man Pow­ell. — AFP

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