West Indies coach Phil Simmons has admitted concern for the recent spate of injuries suffered by veteran T20 star Dwayne Bravo but insists the player remains in consideration for next year’s World Cup squad once fit and available.
The 37-year-old Bravo, who recently set the milestone of claiming 500 T20 wickets in this season’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL), picked up a knee injury that delayed the start of his India Premier League (IPL) campaign. Bravo started the IPL four games late but found himself sidelined a few games later, this time with a groin injury.
The injury led to Bravo being ruled out of the team’s tour to New Zealand. The player’s previous CPL season had also been hampered after he suffered a broken finger. While admitting it is a source of concern, Simmons has assured the player will remain in the minds of the selectors once he can recover sufficiently.
“It’s a concern because he was injured in CPL and now he’s injured in IPL,” Simmons told members of the media via a Zoom press conference call from the team’s training camp in New Zealand.
“There’s a break now, so he will go home and do what is necessary for him to be fit enough to play and there are a few series and also another IPL before the World Cup. So, there’s a lot of chance for him to go and get himself fit and we will see what his fitness is like heading into the tournament.”
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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