The West Indies Cricket Board late yesterday confirmed that 14 of the 15 players offered Match/Tour Contracts for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa have signed and returned the contracts.
Darren Bravo, one of three Trinidad and Tobago players offered the contract, declined, writing to Chairman of Selectors Clive Lloyd and requesting not to be considered for the Test series due to personal reasons.
A replacement player will subsequently be named, the WICB said.
The WICB said it extends its best wishes to Bravo as he seeks to address his personal matters. The Board said it looks forward to his return to the game.
The players were required to respond to the WICB by 5 p.m. East Caribbean Time yesterday.
The WICB said it thanks the players for their timely and positive responses and looks forward to a successful tour of South Africa.
Denesh Ramdin, named as team Captain and pacer Shannon Gabriel are the other two Trinidad and Tobago contract signees.
The other signees for the tour of three Test matches are Barbadians Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn and Kraigg Braithwaite, Jamaicans Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton, Jerome Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cotterell, Chris Gayle, and Guyanese Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Leon Johnson.
The Test matches are carded for December 17th to 21st ( First Test – Super Sport Park); December 26th to 30th (Second Test – St. George’s Park) and January 2nd to 6th (THIRd, Centurion).
The West Indies are also to play three 20-20 matches between January 9th and 14th and five one-dayers between January 16th and 28th.
Meanwhile the West Indies womens team are returning to the Caribbean after losing all eight matches on their tour of Australia. They lost all four 20-20s and the four one-dayers