Melbourne - Out-of-favour all-rounder
Dwayne Bravo on Wednesday lamented the sorry state of West Indian cricket and
said those running the game needed to take a long hard look at themselves.
Bravo was stripped of the one-day captaincy
a year ago then left out of the West Indies' World Cup squad after the team he
skippered walked out of their tour of India last year in a row over contracts.
He has not been picked for one-dayers since
and quit Test cricket this year after being ignored by selectors.
In Australia to play for the Melbourne
Renegades in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, Bravo said it was painful to see
what had happened to the once-formidable West Indian team.
"Times change and I think that is one
of our problems, we tend to hold on too much to the past and not focus on the
future. That has been our downfall," he said.
"It's painful to see the state of our
His comments come amid stinging criticism
about the tourists' inept performance in the first Test of their current series
against Australia, who won in Hobart by an innings inside three days on
Bravo joined a host of fellow former greats
in blaming the West Indies Cricket Board for the current malaise.
"We've got the players to be up there
with the best in the world but there's a lot of things going on," he said.
"Those in charge have to look into
themselves. We don't have proper grounds, proper nets or a proper academy. All
these things are a part of our downfall.
"The relationship between players,
board members and management staff -- it needs to get stronger and tighter.
They (the board) need to have a lot more honesty."
His remarks follow pace great Michael
Holding on Tuesday saying the West Indies Cricket Board was
"dysfunctional, untrustworthy and not liked by the employees", while
Brian Lara blasted its "bad governance".
Bravo said despite wanting to play Test
cricket again earlier this year, he was now no longer interested.
"Until earlier this year I was still
interested to play Test cricket but I have yet to hear anything from any
selector, what their plans are for me, what my position is," said
32-year-old Bravo, who has played 40 Tests.
"I just decided it's time to move on
with my life and try to channel my energy in different places.
"I would have loved the opportunity to
play Test cricket again but since being dropped back in 2010 I never got the
chance and I just decided to call it a day."
Despite this and his row with the West
Indian board, he has not given up hope of again playing the shorter forms of
the game at international level.
"I'm not shutting down my
opportunities to represent the West Indies, I still 100 percent want to play
for the West Indies in one-day internationals and T20s," he said.