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Bravo's conflict of interest and worse

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I note the recent announcement that Dwayne Bravo, captain of the West Indies one-day cricket team and player representative for the West Indies Players' Association, has suddenly been contracted to play the upcoming Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.

This announcement, and presumably the negotiated contract underpinning it, come just a FEW DAYS after Mr Bravo, in defiance of the stated wishes and best interests, both of his employer and his union, led a wildcat strike to call players of the field of play in a tournament which is being staged at roughly the same time.

It is well known that the wages paid to cricketers in South African tournaments, especially of the T20 variety, far exceed those offered to West Indies players by their board for any format.

It is also well known that the WICB cannot refuse a NOC ('No Objection Certificate') for its players to play outside of its schedule if the West Indies team is not playing at the time.

Is it not nice and fortunate, as has now happened, to be in position of negotiation where it suits me personally, as assumed leader of one negotiating party and also the supreme influencer of the team, where an early breakdown in negotiations greatly benefits me financially, in very short order, and with no threat of effective reprisal from anyone.

Or was Mr Bravo just playing a game of 'heads I win, tails you lose', with no understanding of what a pyrrhic victory means.

Am I the only one who is being overpowered by the smell? Are Mr Bravo and his fellow South Africa-bound accomplices being too clever by a half?

PATRICK TERRELONGE

p.terrelonge@gmail.com