Bravo sidelined unless tweet goes, says Cameron
Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron has made it clear that left-hander Darren Bravo will remain sidelined from selection until he removes the offensive tweet which resulted in his being sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November.
Speaking in a candid interview with Massy Insurances Line and Length Network, Cameron said the tweet - labelling him 'a big idiot' - was the kind of behaviour CWI was not prepared to accept, noting that Bravo needed to face up to this reality.
"Let me make it very clear. What Darren Bravo has to do first and foremost is take down the tweet. Every day that tweet stays up, it is an infraction," Cameron reiterated.
"Secondly, he needs to accept that he's done something wrong and then we can move forward from there."
Controversy erupted last November after CWI announced the 28-year-old Bravo had declined a central contract for the period up to September 30, 2017.
It emerged subsequently that Bravo, one of the most experienced members of the Test squad, had rejected the offer of a Grade C contract, a downgrade from his previous contract.
Defending the move in a TV interview, Cameron stirred further controversy by saying the Trinidadian's performances had not merited an enhanced retainer.
ENCOURAGED TO DO BETTER
"His averages in the last two years have been declining, so what do you do? Reward poor performance or do you encourage him to get better?" Cameron was quoted as saying.
An angry Bravo lashed out in response on Twitter, tagging Cameron in a tweet, which said: "You hav been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don't u resign and FYI I've neva been given an A contract. Big idiot."
CWI demanded an apology from Bravo and also asked him to remove the offending tweet, with failure to do so likely to result "in further disciplinary action, including referral to the WICB disciplinary committee".
Bravo complied with neither demand.
Bravo remains the Windies' premier Test batsman, with 3400 runs from 49 Tests at an average of 40, including eight centuries and 16 half-centuries.