WICB president’s Dave Cameron false claims leaves Darren Bravo miffed
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Stylish West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has come out lashing West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron in an angry tweet for stating untrue facts about contract related issues. Bravo was recently offered a ‘C’ contract by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and decided not to accept it.
President Dave Cameron, speaking in a recent interview, when as key justify this move, reasoned that Bravo was demoted to ‘C’ contract due to lack of consistent performances. Cameron also stated that Bravo previously had an ‘A’ contract which it turns out to be false, according to Bravo.
Bravo tweeted: “You have been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don’t u resign and FYI I’ve neva been given an A contract. Big idiot @davec51” The left-hander who scored heavily in the recent Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would have suffered the consequence of an up and down last year with the bat, according to WICB director Conde Riley who explained how the regional board came up with the categories for the retainer contracts.
“Bravo might have scored runs in the UAE recently but this would not have been taken into account because the period under consideration would have been from October 3, 2015, to September 1, 2016. How this works is by using a clear formula. Anyone can work out how the contract categories are arrived at.”
The Barbadian explained, “The player’s career Test average is taken into account and this is added to his average over the period under consideration — which in this case is the last year. The sum total is then divided by two to come up with an average. This is then applied to see which category the player falls under. All the players know how this is arrived at, so I don’t see why people would make an issue and the players would stay quiet.”
Bravo who did not go to the ICC World T20 last year because he wanted to work on his Test game refused to accept the contract. Riley said he did not know why and it is the player’s right to refuse. “The player is well within his rights to refuse a contract. No player would be victimized if they don’t accept a retainer contract.
However, they are then paid only when they are selected as they don’t receive the comfort and a fixed amount every month. When players refuse retainers, it gives them the freedom to an extent to play their trade as they see fit.”