‘The system failed again’: Dwayne Bravo on brother Darren’s exclusion from WI ODI team

'The system failed again': Dwayne Bravo on brother Darren's exclusion from WI ODI team

“When is the BS coming out? [sic] arrest?! I’m not surprised my brother wasn’t selected, but with the recent changes in Wisconsin cricket administration, I held out some hope for improvement,” Dwayne wrote in a post on Instagram. “This is NOT acceptable, and I! I just can’t make sense of it! So here are my burning questions: What are the criteria for selection of the West Indies team? Surely it can’t be based solely on performance?

Darren was the leading run-scorer in the 2023 Super50 Cup which concluded earlier this month and captained Trinidad and Tobago to the title. He scored 416 runs in the competition at an average of 83.20 and a strike rate of 92.03 at No. 3, and was one of only two players with more than 400 runs in the competition. Bravo was also among Trinidad and Tobago’s leading run-scorers last season in the 50-over competition with 240 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 76.92.

Haynes: Hayden Walsh was very close to selection

After lackluster outings in ODIs against India at home and Pakistan away, as well as in the T20Is against New Zealand at home last year, player Hayden Walsh Jr was left out of the West Indies squad and not selected for the World Cup. T20 in Australia. Before CPL 2023, he moved from the Barbados Royals to the Jamaica Tallawahs, but played only two games.

After he was dropped last year, Haynes said he had asked him to look at his bowling footage so he could work on his flaws.

“Last season I was the first one to go to Hayden when he lost confidence and I suggested ‘get a camera to watch where you’re bowling,'” Haynes said. “I thought at that time that he was not bowling well and that he needed help from outside just to get a look at him.

“This year I can tell you that I am very impressed with the way Hayden’s ball came out in this competition. We even made the suggestion to the West Indies Cricket Board to have Hayden in the 16th over and he will be in Antigua for the camp.”

Walsh returned to form with both bat and ball in the Super50 Cup, bagging 20 wickets (the most in the tournament under Sunil Narine) and scoring 222 runs with two fifties and a strike rate of 100.45. Against West Indies Academy, he came out with Leeward Islands at 157 for 6 and scored an unbeaten 60 for 55 to help them to 239. He then took five wickets to help his team with 66 runs.

“We were very impressed with Hayden,” Haynes said. “He used to be a two-dimensional player. He batted really well for the Leeward Islands, came on at some crucial moments and gave the Leeward Islands a really good partnership and got them some good runs. We were also very impressed with his batting.

“Hayden came very close to being selected and I am happy that he has regained his form. He is bowling well and will always be in our plans.”

Haynes also revealed that he was told that Jason Holder “is involved only in T20 and Tests” and is not available for ODIs.