West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket on October 24, i.e. Wednesday. The flamboyant all-rounder has hung boots on his international career; however, he will be playing in different Twenty20 leagues across the globe. The Windies player had last made an international appearance in 2016, and was often at loggerheads with West Indies Cricket Board.
The retirement call was long coming as Dwayne Bravo had not featured in the West Indies for quite a long time. In his retirement note, Bravo wrote, “Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game.”
The temperamental all-rounder made his debut for West Indies in 2004 against England at the iconic Lords Stadium. Dwayne Bravo added, “After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.”
While announcing his retirement, Dwayne Bravo said that to prolong his professional career, he will have to call it quits and make room for the next generation of players. Bravo said, “I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players.”
While thanking people involved in his cricketing journey, Dwayne Bravo wrote, “I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age.”
Bravo also thanked the fans across the globe saying, “I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognise my efforts on and off the field. I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion.”
In his 14-year-long career, Dwayne Bravo played 40 Test matches for West Indies. In those matches, he scored 2,200 runs at an average of 31.42, with 3 centuries, and 13 half-centuries against his name. While bowling in Test cricket, he picked up 86 wickets at an average of 39.83, with 2 five-wicket hauls against his name.