Dwayne Bravo Comes Out Of Retirement To Make International Comeback


T20 World Champions West Indies who are preparing to defend their World T20 title in Australia this year has recalled Dwayne Bravo who is considered to be one of the greats of the shortest format of the game for his name has been included in the West Indies squad for the three-match T20I series against Ireland.

Bravo, who last played international T20 game against Pakistan in September 2016, had announced his retirement from T20 and ODI cricket in 2018 and Test cricket in 2016. It is said that Dwayne Bravo has come back from the perspective of the T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in Australia. Bravo is still active in all T20 leagues. All-rounder Rovman Powell has also returned to the team.

Selector Roger Harper while talking about including Bravo in the squad said that the all-rounder was recalled in order to strengthen the death bowling of the West Indies team. He said, Dwayne Bravo was recalled with the specific intention of bolstering our ‘death’ bowling which was identified as an area that really needs improving. His record in this department speaks for itself. He will also be able to act as a mentor to the other ‘death’ bowlers and lend his experience wherever needed.

Although West Indies Cricket Board has once again given him a place in the team it is reported that Bravo had already made up his mind to play for the West Indies team. It is for this very reason that his name has been included in the West Indies squad for the three-match T20I series against Ireland.

Harper also talked about Rovman Powell and said that they believe Powell is a genuine all-rounder, and he can add impetus and up the strike rate at the back-end of the innings.

It is to be noted that the champion all-rounder, Bravo, has played 66 T20 matches for West Indies. Bravo has picked up 52 wickets and accumulated 1,142 runs while representing West Indies. On the other hand, Powell has played 23 T20Is.

Other major players who were left out of the squad were Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul, both missed due to injury, while Jason Holder was rested keeping his workload in mind.

West Indies will lock horns with Ireland in the first T20 games of the three-match series on Wednesday at the Grenada National Stadium.