Dar­ren Bravo sent home from Zim tri-se­ries

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THE West Indies Cricket Board has re­placed bats­man Dar­ren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ODI tri-se­ries in Zim­babwe with Ja­son Mo­hammed. The an­nounce­ment came a day after Bravo re­acted on Twit­ter to WICB chair­man Dave Cameron’s in­ter­view, where he had said Bravo was of­fered a grade C con­tract due to his slip­ping bat­ting av­er­age.

“It is ex­plicit that if your av­er­ages are not above a cer­tain level it tells you what con­tracts you get. It is very, very ex­plicit,” Cameron had told Sport­sMax TV, a Caribbean tele­vi­sion net­work. “His av­er­ages in the last two years have been de­clin­ing, so what do you do? Re­ward poor per­for­mance or do you en­cour­age him to get bet­ter?”

Bravo re­sponded with a tweet say­ing he had never been of­fered a Grade-A con­tract. “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 @ davec51,” he tweeted.

A WICB re­lease said Bravo had been “re­placed due to in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, which is con­trary to his con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions to the WICB”. A clause in his “match/ tour c o n t r a c t ”, the re­lease said, “clearly states not to make any s t ate­ment in or to any form of me­dia (which shall in­clude, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, print me­dia, tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, in­ter­net or any so­cial net­work­ing me­dia), or any other pub­lic state­ment, which would bring your­self, WICB or any of­fi­cial or au­tho­rised rep­re­sen­ta­tive of WICB or the game of cricket into dis­re­pute, and your agree­ment to use all such me­dia in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner.” Bravo was West Indies’ sec­ond-high­est run get­ter in the re­cently con­cluded Test se­ries against Pak­istan in the UAE. Be­fore that, he had a poor Test se­ries against In­dia at home, scor­ing only 139 runs in seven in­nings. Since Novem­ber 2014, Bravo scored 1 089 runs in 17 Tests for West Indies, a tally that is sec­ond to Kraigg Brath­waite’s 1 258 runs in 20 matches. Mo­hammed had cap­tained West Indies A in their lim­ited-overs se­ries in Sri Lanka last month, scor­ing a fifty and a hun­dred in his side’s 3-0 clean sweep. A mid­dle-or­der bats­man, he has played two ODIs for West Indies, the last of which came a year ago, also in Sri Lanka. The WICB re­lease also said off-spin­ner Su­nil Narine would be re­turn­ing home due to per­sonal rea­sons, and he will be re­placed by legspin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo. West Indies had ini­tially named their squad for the se­ries — which also in­cludes Zim­babwe and Sri Lanka — on Oc­to­ber 13. On Novem­ber 4, they had an­nounced an up­dated squad, with wick­et­keeper­bats­man Shane Dowrich and fast bowler Miguel Cum­mins brought into the 15, re­plac­ing ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man Mar­lon Sa­muels and teenage fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. West Indies play their first game of the se­ries on Novem­ber 16, against Sri Lanka, in Harare. — ESPNCricinfo

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