Dwayne Bravo is not on the list of the 25 players of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to obtain Indian visas for the ODI leg of the current tour, according to Newsday report. The squad has not yet been announced, but the board has begun the process of sorting paperwork for possible selections for the series that begins on October 21.
This also means potentially that players who unexpectedly grab attention in the one-day regional competition, which began on October 3, will probably not reach India. Johnny Grave, the executive director of CWI, told Newsday that the timing of the Indian series forced the board of directors. "The reason why the ODI team [longlist for the] was selected before Super50 is because the players are leaving the Caribbean on October 10 to be in India on October 12," Grave said. "There will be a camp in Guwahati before the first ODI game is played in that city.
"The [benefit of the] Super50 now from the point of view of the selectors will look at players who are not in India and who do not show up in India for [then] shuffle the package for [the] Bangladesh [tour].
Regional competitions have long been a point of contention in West Indian cricket, with several high-profile players out of international service after prioritizing the T20 leagues abroad over cricket national. Last month it was reported that Bravo brothers Dwayne and Darren, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons made themselves available for the Super50 Tournament, in a step towards reconciliation with the board and the return to international configuration before the 2019 World Cup.
Dwayne Bravo has not played ODI since 2014. CWI has made it clear that high-profile names would have to act on the Super50 to defend their inclusion in the World Cup. Now Grave said that in particular there would be a lot of competition for the place of all the members of the ODI lineup, so Bravo would have to break through. "Bravo's problem is that he's playing in a place with Andre Russell, Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, who did well in CPL, so there are many options for the selectors to choose," Grave said. "But once he acts on Super50, the door remains open for Dwayne."
It remains to be seen if Bravo, who led the Trinbago Knight Riders to his second consecutive CPL title in September, will form the team for the T20I that will begin on November 4. Grave said CPL's actions would be related to the T20I team. "The T20 team should reflect the best possible group of players in the CPL performances," he said.
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