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PITT STOP: Former judge rules on West Indies cricket case of Bravo vs Cameron

It cannot be in the best interests of West Indies cricket to persist in the exclusion of Darren Bravo.

The younger Bravo has again been excluded from the West Indian ODI team. There is no reason to doubt that his exclusion is a result of the tweet he made on learning of his demotion, as far as remuneration is concerned, in the regional team.

Photo: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (right) raises his bat and helmet to celebrate a century against Pakistan as team captain Jason Holder (back) and Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir look on during the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on 17 October 2016. (Copyright AFP 2017/Aamir Qureshi)
Photo: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (right) raises his bat and helmet to celebrate a century against Pakistan as team captain Jason Holder (back) and Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir look on during the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on 17 October 2016.
(Copyright AFP 2017/Aamir Qureshi)

In his tweet, he was rude, perhaps even abusive of the president of the WICB. It is clear that his tweet was the product of anger that was, at least in part, spawned by what he believed to have been the President’s confusion as to the category in which he was at the time the decision was made.

It is also a fair inference that Bravo has not offered a satisfactory apology to the President or to the WICB.

In deciding what is an appropriate punishment for Bravo’s offence, it is not only fair but customary to examine other statements he has made or actions he has taken that would provide a fuller assessment of his character.

One rather notable piece of evidence about Darren’s character that is obviously very relevant is the decision taken some time ago by him to reject opportunities—likely lucrative—to play the shortest form of the game (20-over cricket) in order to concentrate his attention on the longer forms of the game (50-over and Test matches).

In both these areas, considered more prestigious from the region’s perspective, the West Indian Teams’ performance has been worse than in the shortest form.

It is relatively easy to pass judgment when the person being judged is of unambiguously bad character and the conduct involved is clearly abhorrent. Few cases, however, fall into those categories.

Photo: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (centre) prepares to play a shot on the second day of the second Test between Pakistan and West Indies at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 22 October 2016. (Copyright AFP 2017/Aamir Qureshi)
Photo: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (centre) prepares to play a shot on the second day of the second Test between Pakistan and West Indies at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 22 October 2016.
(Copyright AFP 2017/Aamir Qureshi)

Here the WICB is called upon to make the kind of decision that requires the assessment of an angry outburst of a young man who has, in the past, demonstrated an exceptional willingness to sacrifice his personal financial and, indeed, emotional interests for the benefit of the region.

It is also important that the region, for any number of reasons, has a limited supply of quality players. Nor can we ignore the fact that Darren is arguably the best batsman in the region, which has a really painful recent record of poor performances and that he already holds the record for the most “Test” runs of any West Indian cricketer ever away from home.

I think it bears repetition: It cannot be in the best interests of West Indies cricket to persist in the exclusion of Darren Bravo.

Photo: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron during a function at WIPA's office in Jamaica in 2014. (Courtesy WIPA)
Photo: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron during a function at WIPA’s office in Jamaica in 2014.
(Courtesy WIPA)

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144 comments

  1. Cameron ever made runs,he not more important than players, shit an talk ,if gale an bravo was playing we offer done better against Pakistan, he needs to drop himself

  2. West indies still playing cricket?

  3. So,answer me these questions : 1) what significantly has Dave Cameron done to improve West Indies cricket 2) If he’s not adding value to improving the administration of the regional game,then what is he doing? All I have ever seen unfolding under Dave Cameron’s watch is discord between the board and the players so exactly what is he doing and why is he still there as board president. I am not an advocate for Darren Bravo’s actions but there this issue called cause and effect,as president of the WICB Dave Cameron should have known that the contract which was being offered to Darren Bravo was what he already had and his performance required that it be improved,his reaction was that of disappointment. I have continually seen various opportunist WICB Board presidents operate with the attitude of alienating the players over and over hence the various impasse between board and players. Funny thing that always seem to re-occur is that the best performing batsman on the team ends up being the scapegoat (Ala Brian Charles Lara). Gregory McGuire

  4. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Cameron is damn fool

  5. If was a f***ing Bajan or Jamaican it would off resolve already,f**k W.I.C.B.

  6. Dave Cameron should be shot

  7. Dave Cameron is a big idiot if you ask me

  8. So Mr Darren bravo called David Cameron an asshole welll he eh wrong the man is ah total c..t he and his bunch of merry men have West Indies cricket where it is with their bullish attitude towards the regional players and unless the government off the region step and put him out of the wicb West Indies cricket will continue to be at the bottom of the world

  9. Totally agree with the judge’s ruling.

  10. Go make your money in Ipl bro. To ass with idiots.

  11. David Cameron should play on the WI team in place of Darren Bravo

  12. The problem with West Indies is the WICB

  13. Cameron look is the Trinidadians who make run today same ppl you fighting down

  14. The WICB is like a runaway train. Regional governments and territorial boards need to withhold their finances, resources and support until the WICB becomes more transparent and accountable.

  15. Trinidad stop wasting your time just pull out.

  16. Why is cameron still in wicb? He came out speaking against bravo in the media. Bravo responded. Get past it. We dont want to see cameron bat.

  17. Dat man is a f…..g C..t i swear he mashing up WI cricket

  18. Waste of time cricket board, not going to see nor watch WI play because I’m certainly supporting this supid cricket board.

  19. The boss may be an ass but he is still the boss that said he needs to respect and don’t put out false info on his employee I think they both need to apologise

  20. I wonder about all the people who went and support the wibc and in more importantly mr cameron at the oval this weekend ,we stand for nothing in this country

  21. F**k cameron.. No body pays to see cameron…We pay to see the players…Like the bravos…Chris gail…And the list goes on…So f**k David cameron

  22. Trinidad and Tobago should come out of west Indies cricket and GI on there own because we produce good players f@#k away with Cameron bullshit

  23. Any team in the world right now could put a proper beating on the current West Indies team at the moment