While the West Indies Cricket Board are to react to news of former Players Union boss Dinnanath Ramnarine tweeting Sunil Narine’s non-acceptance of his selection on the regional squad for next month’s Cricket World Cup, NEWSPOWER SPORT is suggesting that a door is open for Narine’s fellow Trinidadian Dwayne Bravo to be his replacement.
Bravo was not chosen by the West Indies selection panel for team duty in the current tour-ending five-match one-day series in South Africa. He was also stripped of the captaincy and he also was not named in the squad eligible for selection for the World Cup.
His exclusion was seen in many quarters as the West Indies Board’s response to the player revolt he was deemed to have led in their pullout from last October’s tour to India.
India cricket authorities responded to the abandoned tour by making a claim for just over $40-million in compensatory damages while saying it is reviewing its future tours programme insofar as West Indies go.
In announcing Bravo’s non-selection for South Africa and for the World Cup, chairman of the West Indies Board’s selection committee and as well Board president Dave Cameron have said the player’s omission had nothing to do with victimisation on their part but on inconsistent contributions in the one-day game. The Board also laid out the same claims for the non-selection of Bravo’s countryman Kieron Pollard who was one of the senior players on the India tour.
Politicians, former cricketers, cricket journalists and even West Indies player Chris Gayle have all lashed out at the omission of both Bravo and Pollard but the Board did not budge from its stance and has gone on to name its final 15-man squad for the World Cup.
Now with Narine’s unavailibility, the West Indies Board are expected to name a replacement and Bravo who was the lone West Indian picked on a world best ONe-Day team a couple weeks ago has an opportunity to be picked to end claims of victimsation against him.
In stripping Bravo of the captaincy, the West Indies Board had named rookie 23-year-old bowling allrounder Jason Holder as captain, saying they were building a new team for the future.