CPL 23: DJ Bravo, the CPL’s most successful player, rejoins TKR; Pollard: “Very exciting times…”

Five-time Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champion Dwayne “DJ” Bravo will return to the Trinbago Knight Riders for the 2023 Republic Bank CPL competition. The move was confirmed by the TKR management today, just hours after the appointment of former West Indies coach Phil Simmons as head coach of the franchise.

Bravo, 39, represented TKR from 2013 to 2020 and claimed the title four times in that period. He then also won the regional T20 prize with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2021—a feat that made him the most successful player in the tournament’s history.

Then Trinbago Knight Riders skipper Dwayne Bravo (centre, front row) with match-winner Kevon Cooper at his back, celebrates his team’s capture of their second CPL title after they defeated the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the final at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on 9 September 2017.
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TKR captain and compatriot Kieron Pollard welcomed Bravo back to the Trinidad franchise.

“[These are] very exciting times—the champion DJ Bravo is coming back to his home franchise TKR,” Pollard told the CPL Media. “Our relationship and our friendship is second to none and this is a very good opportunity for us both to represent TKR together once again, in the upcoming season.

“We are very happy to have him back in red and black.”

TKR team director Venky Mysore also hailed the return of the leading wicket taker in T20 history and the Knight Riders’ most successful bowler with more than 100 wickets for the franchise.

Bravo has a CPL record 124 wickets from 97 matches and is also the joint leading wicket taker in Indian Premier League (IPL) history with 183 wickets.

Then Trinbago Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo (left) celebrates the dismissal of Guyana Amazon Warriors star batsman Shimron Hetmyer during the CPL final at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba on 16 September 2018.
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“DJ (Champion) Bravo has been one of the key pillars on which TKR has been built,” said Mysore. “We are delighted to welcome him back home and look forward to another enjoyable season.

“There’s no doubt the entire Team TKR and our fans will eagerly look forward to seeing him back in TKR colours.”

The complete squads for the Republic Bank CPL will be announced during the draft show, which will be broadcast at the end June 2023.

The 2023 tournament will run from 16 August to 24 September. Jamaica Tallawahs are the defending champions.

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