President of Cricket West Indies Whyciffe “Dave” Cameron has indicated that self-imposed exile Darren Bravo could be donning his whites for the regional team in the near future.
“We at Cricket West Indies are hoping that he will be playing for Cricket West Indies again. We had several discussions with his agents, management about his return to West Indies cricket. This time he was adamant about playing in the Pakistan Cricket League, we will see what his thoughts are after that tournament is over,” Cameron told the Members’ Luncheon of the Barbados Cricket Association at Kensington Oval this afternoon. Cameron was speaking on the topic The Way Forward.
When asked about the constant battle between some of the players and CWI, Cameron said that from the start of West Indies cricket there have always been problems between the Board and the players.
He stated that the relations between CWI and the current players were good. “If they have any problems, we try to resolve them through the West Indies Players Association (WIPA),” Cameron explained.
Cameron told the gathering that CWI could produce a world-class cricket team that would be the pride and beacon of the Caribbean.
“Our plan for West Indies cricket is one of integration of all aspects of the game throughout the region. We believe that we can successfully merge our talents to produce a world-class cricket team that would be the pride and beacon of the region,” the president said.
Cameron said that the players had to be aware that their roles were a key factor in West Indies cricket on and off the field.
“It is about making our cricket into a brand that all of us can be proud of. We are looking for the best development models for the players. The way forward cannot be with the same old model. If we continue with the same model we have been using all of these years we will never go forward,” Cameron said.
Cameron stressed that when CWI’s strategic plan was revealed at the Board’s meeting in Barbados next month, the public would understand the reason behind the passion with which CWI conducted the business of regional cricket.
He stated that the hiring of expatriates by the CWI was not an indication of the lack of skills in the region and disclosed that the post of high-performance director filled by former director of cricket Richard Pybus was not advertised.
“Based on the strength of how he performed in the previous job with CWI we decided Richard was the best person to fill that post. He delivered three titles for us the last in his previous tenure with the Board. The ICC Under 19 championships and the Twenty20 men and women’s championships,” he explained.
“We are using the best skills to build our cricket. A number of West Indians such as Courtney Walsh who is the coach of Bangladesh, Phil Simmons is with Afghanistan and Adrian Griffith is with the ICC. Wherever we can find the skills to improve our cricket we will use them,” Cameron said.