The battle-hardened Dwayne Bravo, at 36, returns to the West Indies squad “feeling like a kid,” more than three years after playing his last international match. For Bravo, who fell out with Cricket West Indies following a bitter dispute in 2014, the path back into international cricket was an arduous one.
“It’s a great feeling. I feel like a kid again when I first get a call from [West Indies’ chairman of selectors Roger Harper] that ‘welcome back to the team and play international cricket’, and they were looking forward to have me back,” Bravo said in a radio interview with Trinidad’s I955 FM.
Bravo is the oldest member in West Indies’ T20 squad for the assignments against Ireland. Bravo said he had been thinking about the Ireland series since coming out of retirement in December. “It is something that was always on my mind since the change of leadership and stuff. So [I’m] just happy I get the opportunity to represent the region again and I am looking forward to doing my best.”
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Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket in October, 2018, but continued playing franchise cricket. Later, in December, 2019, he came out of T20 International retirement to make himself available for selection in the lead up to the 2020 ICC men’s T20 World Cup, which will take place in October-November.
He believes West Indies lacks a proper death-overs specialist and he could fill that void. “Recently, that is where West Indies did falter,” Bravo said.
‘Series by series’
“If you look at the 50-overs World Cup, if you look at the series in India, both in T20Is and in ODIs, we lack a really, really proper death-overs specialist.”
Asked about the prospect of sealing a spot in West Indies’ T20 World Cup squad, Bravo said he wasn’t not thinking so far ahead. “There’s this series and there’s a Sri Lanka series right after. I guess if I do well in this series, chances are I might be selected for the next series. It is just a matter of playing it by ear, series by series,” he said.
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