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Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira — No Plans For Bravo!

Veteran regional cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira and West Indies, fast bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts, have both weighed in on the absence of Darren Bravo from the Windies team in the upcoming series against India in the Caribbean.

Darren Michael Bravo, the 30-year-old Windies left-handed batting star has suffered a run drought since his return from a two-year cricket hiatus in his career.

The batting star lay-off from the game stemmed from a standoff with former Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron.

The left-hander had slammed President Cameron for spreading misinformation concerning his contract with the then-West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), by calling him a “big idiot” in a tweet on social media, twitter.

“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,” Bravo tweeted back then.

He was subsequently dropped from the squad for the tri-nations one-day series in Zimbabwe after his failure to remove the tweet.

The dispute finally was settled, and Bravo returned to play in Windies color for the tour of India in the T20 series in 2018.

However, his batting form has eluded him since his return.

He has scored 76 runs in his last seven innings at an average of 10.8 while scoring 19 runs in two World Cup innings.

Speaking on a local radio sports program, Perreira posited the view that the selectors have “gotten past Bravo.”

“I’m surprised that after Bravo came back, he was not given any cricket in Antigua and that was an indicator of no plans for Bravo,” said Perreira.

On the other hand, Roberts on the same program opined that Bravo is not doing enough to get back to his best.

 “I don’t believe he was playing any form of competitive cricket, and one of the hardest things to do is to regain your timing. If you check most of the top players, once they finish playing and try to make a comeback, they struggle and some struggle for a year or two and that is what Darren Bravo is going through,” said Roberts.

Bravo currently boasts an average of 38.43, 30.42, and 20.0 in Test, ODI, and T20I, respectively.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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