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Darren Bravo told to delete ‘big idiot’ tweet on West Indies chief Dave Cameron

In order to make a comeback, Darren Bravo will first have to delete his controversial tweet on the chief executive of Cricket West Indies.

cricket Updated: Jun 26, 2017 03:35 IST
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Darren Bravo is the leading run-scorer for West Indies in Test cricket since his debut in 2010.(AFP)

Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Dave Cameron has asked left-handed batsman Darren Bravo to take down the tweet in which he labelled the administrator a ‘big idiot’, in a controversy that broke out over the contracts of West Indies cricketers.

Bravo, who has been considered as one of the best contemporary batsman in the Caribbean, did not accept the ‘C-Grade’ contract offered to him by the CWI (erstwhile West Indies Cricket Board). Cameron, on his part, had implied that Bravo’s performances at the time of offering the contract did not warrant a better pay grade. In addition, he had termed Bravo’s performances as ‘poor’.

Bravo, is the leading run-scorer for the Caribbean side in Test cricket since his debut in 2010, has not played in any format for the West Indies as well as his regional side Trinidad & Tobago since November 2016.

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Cameron had insisted that Bravo will have to delete the tweet. He told Caribbean television network Line and Length, “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 added, “Secondly, he needs to accept that he’s done something wrong and then we can move forward from there. But we’ve decided as an organisation — it came up at the board meeting — (that) we’ll put it to the disciplinary committee, let them have a look at it and determine if there is further action to be taken and how that will go. We’ll move it from there.”

Interestingly, on the same TV show, Bravo claimed this week that due processes were not followed.

“At the end of the day, no one can prove that Darren Bravo actually went on his Twitter account and tweeted that. There was no due process. No one asked me any, anything. Up to this day no one has called me and asked me anything. So it has been very disappointing,” Bravo said.

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Bravo, whose batting style is modelled on West Indies great Brian Lara, says he has a big role to play in revival of the sport in the Caribbean.

“I have a very important part to play in the quest to revitalise West Indies cricket in the longer format of the game. I have given up so much for West Indies cricket and the way I have been treated is like, my efforts and my energy and my whatever went all down the drain. And I don’t like the way I have been treated,” Bravo said.

However, the 28-year-old cricketer said he has signed a contract with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and even if the door opens for him to go back to the West Indies, he will not be able to. Bravo is not likely to tour England with the West Indies in August 2017.

“There’s a question mark over that (England tour) because I’ve already signed my contract with CPL. I will be fulfilling my contract with CPL. And CPL is basically during the same time as the England tour so by all means, Darren Bravo will be playing in the CPL,” said Bravo, who plays for Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 18:51 IST