Trini pair have many options

West Indies vice-captain Dwayne
Bravo is one of two players who have turned down central retainer contracts
from the West Indies Cricket Board.

Bravo, 26, has joined fellow
Trinidadian, Kieron Pollard, in not signing the contracts by the 10 September
deadline as stipulated by the board, the region’s governing body for the game.

Captain Chris Gayle also failed to
sign the contract by the deadline, but wrote to the board asking for an
extension which was granted. However, the other 22 players offered contracts
have all signed, paving the way for the cream of West Indies players to be
available for international duty.

Bravo’s decision is a disappointment,
however, he remains the region’s marquee all-rounder. He has played 37 Tests
and 107 one-day internationals and is widely seen as a future captain, having
already acted in the role on a few occasions.

Pollard, 23, a Twenty20 freelance
specialist, is yet to play a Test and has struggled in ODIs with an average of
just under 20 and in T20s, where he averages 12. He has, however, excelled in
domestic T20 leagues across the world, campaigning for English county Somerset,
South Australia in the Australian Big Bash and Mumbai Indians in the Indian
Premier League. Because of their ability, Bravo and Pollard will take their
chances at becoming freelance cricketers, shopping their skills around.

WICB corporate communications
officer, Imran Khan said the board would make an announcement shortly on the
players to replace Bravo and Pollard.

The announcement of the retainer
contracts list sparked a firestorm two weeks ago after former

Windies captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan,
was dumped, along with speedster Jerome Taylor and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
They were three of six players not offered contracts, with Narsingh Deonarine,
Travis Dowlin and Dave Bernard Jr also overlooked.

Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo,
Dwayne’s younger brother, along with opener Adrian Barath, 20, and off-spinner
Shane Shillingford, were given contracts for the first time.

Dwayne Bravo’s brilliance was
highlighted on Sunday. He rescued the Mumbai Indians from a seemingly
hopelessly position and inspired them to a dramatic two-run win over the Royal
Challengers Bangalore in a Champions League Twenty20 match at Kingsmead in
South Africa.

Bravo hit 29 off 17 balls and took
two for 23 as Mumbai defeated their fellow Indian Premier League rivals to
finish their Group B round robin programme with two wins from four matches.

“It was a wonderful game,” said
Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar. “The first half was not so great but Dwayne
Bravo pulled us through.”

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