Bravo comes out of T20I retirement for West Indies

2019-12-13 14:37
Dwayne Bravo (Gallo)
Dwayne Bravo (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has come out of retirement to make himself available for selection in the West Indies T20 International side.

Bravo hopes to be a part of the West Indies' T20 World Cup defence in Australia next year, but confirmed he's not looking to return in any other format.

"I would like to announce my return to international T20s for West Indies," Bravo told ESPNcricinfo. "Once selected I'll be fully committed to represent the region again in T20 cricket, which I think is exciting for West Indies cricket and fans, with the young talents around."

Bravo previously decided to call it quits in October 2018 as he switched his focus to playing franchise T20 cricket around the world.

But several shake-ups behind the scenes in West Indian cricket, including Ricky Skerritt replacing Dave Cameron as board president and former T20 World Cup-winning coach Phil Simmons returning to the fold, have prompted a rethink.

"They understand and listen, they will have dialogues going back and forth, that's the difference," he said of the new management. "And that's why it was so easy for me to make a decision to come back and represent West Indies again. I speak to the captain, coach, the president, director of cricket and chairman of selectors, and I've confirmed that I'll be available for T20I selection."

Now that he will be one of the senior members in the West Indies set-up, Bravo hopes to ease the pressure on the younger players and help them to find their feet at the highest level.

"We (seniors) just have to talk to them [the youngsters] and allow them to make their mistakes and allow them to figure out their game," Bravo said. "Give them the opportunity and let them know that they belong to the system. What used to be the problem in the past is if a player played two-three games and they didn't perform, he gets dropped.

"In these format, you expect players to fail, especially when you're a top-order player because your role and responsibility is to get the team off to a flier and that takes a lot of risks. You just have to give players opportunities and back them - whether they're performing or not."

- TeamTalk Media

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