Bravo set for Windies return

14 July 2017 03:09:08 EST

Darren Bravo is set to return to international cricket with West Indies following reconciliation with the team's board.

The 28-year-old left-hander averages 40 in 49 Tests, but has not played since the victory over Pakistan in Sharjah last November.

But the Cricket West Indies board confirmed he would now be available with immediate effect, after issuing joint public statements containing apologies between Bravo and the WICB president Dave Cameron.

"In early November 2016, I gave an interview to SportsMax TV during which I discussed player retainer contracts and the grades of contract that had been awarded to certain players," said Cameron.

"In the course of the interview I stated that Darren Bravo had previously been on an 'A' contract, which I have since been advised is not correct.

"I apologize for the mis-statement and wish to assure Mr Bravo that there was no insult or offence intended towards him. Darren is a senior cricketer who has been a valuable part of the Windies set-up for a long time, and I would hope to see his game continue to progress and mature at both regional and international level."

Bravo, who opted out of the West Indies' World Twenty20 campaign last year to focus on Tests, said: "On the 11th November 2016, after viewing statements made about me by Mr Dave Cameron, President of the Cricket West Indies, on a television sports programme, I tweeted a response which referred to the President which was, in retrospect, inappropriate.

"As I have always tried to uphold the best traditions of West Indies Cricket and its players, I now therefore wish to withdraw the comment made on my Twitter account and apologize to the President of CWI and to all Windies fans."

The Windies are 14/1 to win the 2019 World Cup in England, with Sri Lanka priced at 12/1 and ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistan 10/1.

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