West Indian batsman Darren Bravo has decided to drag the West Indies Cricket Board to the court due to his ouster from the ODI squad which travelled to Zimbabwe for a tri-series, where Sri Lanka were the third participants.
The left-hander was unceremoniously sent back home from Zimbabwe earlier this month after he lashed out at the WICB President Dave Cameron on Twitter as he was demoted from a Grade A contract to a Grade C one. Ultimately, all-rounder Jason Mohamed was named his replacement for the series.
Reportedly, the WICB has received a pre-action protocol letter from Bravo’s legal representatives, claiming unlawful dismissal.
The 27-year-old has been one of the most consistent players for the Caribbean outfit in the longest format for quite some time now and it came as quite a surprise that he was not handed a top tier contract. Cameron, WICB President even went to the extent of saying, “If you continue to keep giving him an A contract then what is the motivation to get better? He has been on an A contract and he hasn’t done well.”
Moreover, he was told by the board that he is being “replaced due to inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour, which is contrary to his contractual obligations to the WICB”.
The statement further talked about a clause in his contract which “clearly states not to make any statement in or to any form of media (which shall include, without limitation, print media, television, radio, internet or any social networking media), or any other public statement, which would bring yourself, WICB or any official or authorised representative of WICB or the game of cricket into disrepute, and your agreement to use all such media in a responsible manner.”
Whatever be the reasons for Bravo’s ouster, the series didn’t pan out well for the West Indian team as after winning their first match against Sri Lanka, they failed to win any of their subsequent matches and failed to make it to the final, where the Asian giants defeated Zimbabwe by 6 wickets.
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