|Kowlessar: Bravo the man for the job |
By KEVIN SUNICH Sunday, May 5 2013
SECOND vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Lalman Kowlessar feels Dwayne is the most suited person to lead the West Indies One Day International (ODI) team.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday announced Bravo as replacement for Darren Sammy as the skipper of the regional ODI team after the selection panel made the recommendation.
“In limited overs he is very good and the few times he has captained the TT and West Indies teams he has performed well. I think he knows the ins and outs of limited overs cricket and I think he will do well. In addition he has a fantastic team, he has some of the best players in the world when it comes to limited overs cricket,” said Kowlessar.
The youth selector feels by this move the selectors would be able to strengthen the regional side. “With him as captain we will be able to get a stronger team. When Sammy was there at the helm, he was just occupying a place to the determent of some other person. The team will definitely benefit from this move. Bravo is a very knowledgeable young man and I am sure he will be able to get the best out of the players especially since a number of the players are from TT,” said the TTCB second vice-president.
While Sammy has had to step down, Kowlessar does not believe this is the beginning of the end for the St Lucian. “I don’t think he will loose his position as skipper of the five day game. I think Sammy has done a good job although he has been criticised for his batting and bowling, he has led the team wonderful and we must commend him for it.”
The TT all-rounder’s first assignment as skipper will be the ICC Champions Trophy slated for England from June 6-23. The Chennai Super Kings (IPL) allrounder will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Windies batting maestro and world record holder Brian Lara who led the regional side to the title in 2004. This is expected to be the final edition of this tournament which is expected to be replaced with the ICC World Test Championship starting in 2017.
Meanwhile TT’s skipper Denesh Ramdin has been named as Bravo’s deputy for the ICC tournament in England. In addition the Windies 15-man squad includes four other TT players in Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul.