Darren Bravo WIC Player Courtney Browne Chief Selector WIC
The upcoming series between West Indies Cricket team versus England will begin on August 17 ending September 29, 2017. Spectators and players alike are eagerly anticipating the team selection, from the chief selector Courtney Browne.
In Barbados Today online article dated May 22, 2017, the headline which struck a chord with me was “Bravo’s fate in his hands”, which leads me to wonder once again if Bravo an underachieving cricketer that chief selector Courtney Browne would find it hard to place Bravo in any format of the game. When the tour actual starts both teams will be involved in 3 test matches, 1 T20 and 5 ODI’s, and it bowls down to Bravo deciding whether or not he wants to play in this upcoming series.
Do much better than that Courtney Browne, its high time that you and the board get it right. Stop sabotaging these crickets whenever they speak out about issues they have with the board. Within any organization, if any issue should arise between management and staff, it is felt that an amicable solution should be sought. Not so with this West Indies Cricket Board once, a player speaks out against the board the only way to deal with that player is to drop them from the team citing player being indiscipline. A prime example of this was dropping Chris Gayle from the team for speaking about “It’s victimization towards Pollard and Bravo: Gayle, Press Conference, Wisden India”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acwNCsT_0xQ
I feel that if the board continues to speak about its rebuilding process, the door should be open for players to express how they feel and both parties meet to pave the way forward for the betterment of the game. I won’t lay all the blame on the board, neither or players, but there is always a pattern that arises which leaves our players being the ones who are always being blamed.
In fact, the chief selector is going to go on record in an interview on Line and Length TV show, saying that the responsibility was now on the 28-year-old Trinidadian to indicate his availability, with a solution to the impasse already on the table that seems like total hogwash to me. Prior to that, he had said there is still no timeline for Darren Bravo’s return to the West Indies side. Well if not now then when? Why do we have to constantly go down this road with our players and the board?
Not because you have the option of choosing who should represent the team, it means that once a player speaks out that’s the end of his cricketing career. Come now am I to believe along with others that our players aren’t given a fair hearing into any matter that arises between themselves and the West Indies Cricket Board. What is the role of WIPA (West Indies Players Association), if time after time players are going to be sidelined and their union just sits back and does nothing. It’s not as serious as it looks so there is no need for you to step in and help come up with an amicable solution.
On that note will the WICB be making payment to the India Cricket Board for the abundant tour of India? That has died a sudden death just like all other issues that have arisen within the West Board. If this is the way forward within the boards rebuilding process then our cricket team has not turned around to make in being on top once again as the best test playing team within the world. We all know that players and management will have their differences but is always a solution to every problem and nothing is cast in stone.
For our chief selector, he should understand that he got several chances as a player within the West Indies team which as spectators we all weren’t happy about so at least he should remember where he is going from and be a bit understanding with the players especially Darren Bravo at this time. Browne himself knows firsthand many of the issues facing the West Indies team and the board since inception so instead of playing hardball take the time within the two months before the upcoming tour and have a dialogue with Darren and see if a solution can be made.
Let’s not go into the upcoming tour of England with all this unresolved issue from one player, because what affects one individual may eventually affect all.