5 cricketers whose biggest enemies turned out be their own cricket boards

5 cricketers whose biggest enemies turned out be their own cricket boards

There have been such instances when a player's biggest cricketing rival has turned out to be his cricket board. It is mostly due to a small misunderstanding or lack of trust between the player and the board.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

An international cricketer’s career is dependent on many factors. To name a few, talent, dedication, and luck are some of the key factors which decide the fate of most of the players. Unfortunately, sometimes even after having all of them, a cricketer might not succeed if there is no proper support from the country’s cricket board. After all, it is the selection panel that decides which player gets to be part of the final squad.

There have been such instances when a player’s biggest cricketing rival has turned out to be his cricket board. It is mostly due to a small misunderstanding or lack of trust between the player and the board. Sadly it is the cricketer who is always at the receiving end as he gets fewer opportunities to prove his worth. In some cases, it also reached a point where a cricketer ends his career by announcing early retirement.

Here is the list of 5 cricketers whose biggest enemies turned out to be their own cricket boards:

1. Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Be it their vibrant culture or fanciful cricket the Caribbean land has always managed to stand out on its own. Such has been their contribution to world cricket that at one point of time their cricketers were the poster boys of the gentlemen’s game. Even now the island nation has global ambassadors of the sport in the form of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. In particular, the latter has been an under-rated star of the country’s cricketing chronicles.

Right from his early days, it was quite clear that Bravo was destined for greatness. His all-round game and ability to shine through in difficult situations was the perfect mix for the resurgent West Indies side. Although his red-ball game didn’t take off as expected his white-ball genius helped the team win championships. On top of that, his flamboyance and electrifying personality made him one of the most adored cricketers around the globe except for the WICB.

Ironically, “The Champion” of West Indies has never been in good terms with his own cricket board. He has denounced them on numerous occasions. He also openly criticized the board for their selection policies. But to be fair to him, the board should also be held responsible for his actions.

Bravo has been wrong done by WICB on multiple levels. For far too many times he has been dropped from the squad even after putting up match-winning performances. And then finally when he choose to speak-up it resulted in the complete derailment of his career. Hence it can be said that it is the WICB that denied Bravo from unlocking his full potential at the international stage.