Trinidad and Tobago international cricket star Dwayne “DJ” Bravo has called time on his West Indies career, after 14 years with the regional team.
Bravo announced his retirement from all formats of the international game tonight, via a press statement. One of the world’s most sought after T20 all-rounders, the 35-year-old will continue his lucrative first class career.
“After 14 years, I still remember that moment when I made my debut for the WI,” stated Bravo. “I received the Maroon cap before walking onto the Lords cricket ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.
“However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players.”
Two months ago, Bravo told Wired868 that he set himself a target of breaking into the West Indies’ 50 overs team for the ICC 2019 World Cup. And, towards that end, he turned out for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the ongoing Regional Super50, alongside his brother Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard.
All three players have had their differences with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over the years but Pollard and DJ Bravo continued to enjoy fame and fortune abroad, due to their skills in the T20 arena.
However, despite leading the Chennai Super Kings to the prestigious IPL title and successfully steering the Trinbago Knight Riders to an unprecedented title defence in this calendar year, the WICB did not select the elder Bravo on its T20 team to tour India—let alone to its 50 over side.
And, according to sources, Bravo accepted that he had little chance of adding to his two T20 World Cup titles or representing the West Indies in next year’s ICC showcase event.
In 14 years, Bravo played just 40 Tests with returns of three centuries and 13 half-tons as a middle order batsman with an average of 31.42. He took 86 wickets with two five wicket hauls and a bowling average of 39.83.
There were 164 ODIs with two centuries, 10 half-centuries and a batting average of 25.36 while, with the ball, he took 199 scalps at an average of 29.51.
Since the introduction of T20 cricket, just over a decade ago, Bravo represented the West Indies 66 times with four half centuries and a batting average of 24.29 along with 52 wickets and a bowling average of 28.26.
Arguably, statistics do not capture Bravo’s true worth. Blessed with boundless energy, safe hands and an astute cricketing brain, he became one of the game’s most recognisable figures—a fact that he exploited to launch a second career as an entertainer.
Bravo had hoped to win the nod from West Indies’ selectors for a final fling in maroon. On Wednesday 24 October, he conceded that a return to the international arena was unlikely and declared his innings.
Dwayne Bravo statement:
Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from International cricket in all formats of the game.
After 14 years when I made my debut for the WI, I still remember that moment I received the Maroon cap before walking onto the Lords cricket ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.
However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players.
I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age. I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognise my efforts on and off the field.
I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent Legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true Champion.