West Indies Cricket (CWI) selectors have recalled veteran all-rounder Dwayne DJ Bravo to the West Indies side for the three-match Twenty20 series, which started on Wednesday in Grenada.
The experienced 36-year-old Trinidadian has played 66 Twenty20s but the last of those came three years ago in the troubled series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, in the wake of the controversial firing of head coach Phil Simmons.
Bravo ended his career with the West Indies in October 2018 citing the need to preserve his longevity as a professional cricketer but made a sudden about turn last May following the change in CWI administration.
Chief selector Roger Harper said Bravo would be a boost to the side’s bowling stocks, while also serving as a mentor for the younger players.
He said Bravo was recalled with the specific intention of bolstering the ‘death’ bowling, which was identified as an area that 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,” Harper said.
Bravo, is a former one-day captain, having led the regional team for l9 months before being sacked in 2014 following his central role in a pay dispute with the former Cricket West Indies board, which led to the controversial abandoned tour.
He remained part of the Twenty20 team, however, and was part of the squad, which captured West Indies’ second Twenty20 World title in India in April 2016.