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Bravo ignores WICB ultimatum after 'dissing' Cameron

Published:Monday | November 14, 2016 | 11:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
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Cast-off West Indies batsman Darren Bravo could be in further trouble with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

This follows his failure to follow two directives from the WICB at the weekend pertaining to the deletion of a statement he made on Twitter with regard to WICB president Dave Cameron and the subsequent issuance of a statement on the impropriety of his actions.

Bravo, the second-highest runs scorer for the West Indies Test team for the past two seasons, called Cameron an "idiot'' in at tweet last Friday, November 11.

This was in response to statements made by Cameron during a television interview in relation to Bravo being offered a "C'' contract, the lowest of five categories of central retainer contracts offered by the WICB.

Cameron said in the interview that Bravo was being downgraded from an "A'' contract to a "C'' contract due to a drop in his batting averages.

However, Bravo, in response, said Cameron was wrong in his assessment as he had never held an "A'' contract before.

"You have been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don't u resign and FYI [For Your Information] I've neva been given an A contract. Big idiot @davec51,'' stated Bravo.

The WICB, in what was a swift response a day later, proceeded to issue a match/tour cancellation letter to Bravo, who was in Zimbabwe with the West Indies team preparing for their Tri-Nation one-day international series involving the hosts and Sri Lanka.

WRITTEN NOTICE

The letter, which was issued by WICB director of cricket Richard Pybus, also had in it the two withdrawals of statement ultimatums, which had an expiration date of last Saturday.

"Clause 9.3.1 of your match/tour contract provides that in default by you in respect of your obligations under the contract, WICB may, in its absolute discretion, cancel the contract by written notice to the Cricketer,'' said Pybus in the letter.

"In light, therefore, of your breach of your obligations to the WICB in clause 4.7.2.2 of your match/tour contract, the letter serves as a written notice that your match/tour contract is hereby cancelled."

Added Pybus:"We also request you immediately remove the highlighted tweet from your account and desist from tweeting about WICB officials in the future.

"We further request that you acknowledge, via your Twitter account, the impropriety of your actions and your recognition that your decision to publicly express your views on social media was not conduct befitting of a West Indies cricketer.

"I ask that you also note that any further such action on your part, including failure to comply with our request above by 4 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time on November 12 2016, may result in further disciplinary action, including referral to the WICB Disciplinary Committee."

Up to press time yesterday, the referred tweet by Bravo remained on his Twitter account, and there were no additional remarks with regard to the tweet.