Flamboyant cricketer Dwayne Bravo retires from international cricket

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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday but says he will continue to play franchise T20 cricket across the world. The 35-year-old who was part of West Indies’ T20 World Cup winning team in 2016, last played for his country in September 2016.

Dwayne Bravo celebrating a wicket.

In a statement released to the media, Bravo said, “Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. 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.

“However, 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.”

Bravo played 40 Test matches for the Windies scoring three Test tons and taking 86 wickets at 39.83. In 164 One Day Internationals, Bravo scored 2,968 runs at an average of 25.36. He also picked up 199 wickets with a career-best of 6 for 43. In T20 cricket, which he is most known for, he cracked 1142 runs at a strike-rate of 116.41 and took 52 wickets at an economy of 8.46.

“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,” he said. “I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize 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.”

Bravo is renowned for his big-hitting ability, athletic fielding, and exquisite death-bowling. At present, he plays franchise cricket for Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL), Chennai Super Kings (IPL), Melbourne Renegades (BBL) and Peshawar Zalmi (PSL).