Bravo: Politics killing cricket

West Indies' Dwayne Bravo celebrates after taking the catch to dismiss Australia’s batsman James Faulkner during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 28, 2014.
West Indies' player Dwayne Bravo.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo says “politics” is killing the game of cricket in the Caribbean and that the administrators need to take a hard look at themselves.

Bravo, who was asked about the team’s innings-and-112-run loss to Australia recently in the First Test at Hobart, said it was painful to see West Indies slip to one big loss after another despite having the personnel to compete.

He noted that the gradual decline to a host of factors, including external interference and lack of infrastructure.

“We’ve got the players to be up there with the best in the world, but there are a lot of things going on,” said Bravo, who is in Australia to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. We don’t’ have proper grounds, proper nets or a proper academy. All these things are a part of our downfall,” he said.

He added, “The relationship between players, board members and management staff needs to get stronger and tighter. They need to have a lot more honesty. There are a lot of dishonest people in charge.”

His remarks follow those of fast bowling legend Michael Holding who said recently the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was “dysfunctional, untrustworthy, and not liked by the employees,” while batting icon Brian Lara squarely laid the blame on the administrator for “bad governance.”

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