The ‘DJ’ could leave cricket’s party capital. Trinidad and Tobago veteran all-rounder Dwayne ‘DJ’ Bravo claimed he will play no part in the Trinbago Knight Riders’ push for an unprecedented third successive Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 title this season, after he announced, via Instagram, that he wanted to enjoy his time.
Bravo captained the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to their first CPL trophy in 2015 when he was named ‘Man of the Series’ and, after the Jamaica Tallawahs’ win in 2016, he helped the renamed TKR become the first franchise to win back to back titles in 2017 and 2018.
However, Bravo informed his considerable social media following—one million on Twitter and 2.7 million on Instagram—that he will seek new pastures this season with the announcement due in a matter of hours at Wednesday’s CPL draft.
Bravo said: “This is the Champion DJ Bravo. The CPL draft is about to take place in London on the 22nd, which is this Wednesday, so let’s see where the ‘Champion’ will end up this season. The biggest party in sport is about to go down so lock in and let’s see. The three-time champion, let’s see where he’s going to be this year…”
Bravo’s video message was reposted by the CPL’s official Twitter page.
In a comment under the video, Bravo hinted that criticism levelled at him by Trinidad and Tobago cricket fans might have played a role in his decision.
“No TKR for me this season guys,” stated Bravo. “Sorry. But I have de nuff [sic] of the cussing. I need to enjoy my time now. Good luck TKR fans!!!”
Despite TKR’s historic success over the past two years, fans have not been shy to knock Bravo when things did not go well and the star athlete discussed his frustrations during an interview with Wired868 before the start of the 2018 season. For 2019, he has decided not to go through with it again, though.
His potential departure would be a blow by the majority of TKR fans who were recently buoyed by the news that another renowned home-grown all-rounder, Kieron Pollard, would wear their colour this season.
Up to the time of publication, TKR manager Colin Borde did not say whether management was aware of Bravo’s imminent departure and if a replacement captain was already lined up. A source close to TKR, speaking under condition of anonymity, said the local franchise was surprised by Bravo’s statement and uncertain as to if it was a moment of pique of a firm decision.
Last October, Bravo also quit the West Indies team after accepting that he was unlikely to force his way into contention in time for the 2019 ICC World Cup, which bowls off on 30 May in England.
However after controversial Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron was replaced by Ricky Skerritt, Bravo accepted a place as a reserve for the regional team’s 15-man World Cup team and could still get his coveted swansong for the Windies if there is an injury.
Editor’s Note: Bravo did not go through with his threat and will remain with the Trinbago Knight Riders for the 2019 season. Click HERE to read Roneil Walcott’s round-up of the 2019 CPL Draft.