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Bravo back as deputy

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Bravo back as deputy

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THE West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made a U-turn.
Four months after bypassing Dwayne Bravo for the position of West Indies vice-captain – presumably on the grounds that he turned down a retainer contract – the all-rounder has been given the job for the upcoming World Cup.
In a move that is likely to surprise some observers against the background of the earlier position by the board, Bravo will be the No. 2 man to captain Darren Sammy for the February 19 to April 2 showpiece event in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“I am happy to be performing the role of vice-captain. It is always an honour to represent the West Indies on the world stage and as usual I will give my all for the team,” Bravo said.
“I have been vice-captain before so it’s simply a matter of continuing to make a contribution to the team and to support the captain and allow the team to benefit from my experience.”
The 27-year-old Bravo was first appointed West Indies vice-captain in 2007 and held the position for nearly three years before the WICB overlooked him for the job in October when it also bypassed Chris Gayle for the position of captain.
The decision was made weeks after the pair declined central one-year contracts with a view of keeping their options open to deals from lucrative Twenty20 leagues.
In appointing Darren Sammy as captain and Brendan Nash as vice-captain for the Test tour of Sri Lanka in November, WICB chief executive officer Dr Ernest Hilaire said West Indies cricket was at the dawn of a new era and in the process of rebuilding.
While Sammy had been appointed as captain until the end of the 2011 Digicel Series in July, Nash was only named vice-captain for the Sri Lanka Test series.
With Nash unable to land selection for the limited-overs matches in Sri Lanka and the World Cup, there was an opening for the vice-captain role.
Bravo is hoping that the regional team can make an impact.
“This tournament is very important. It’s the World Cup and all around the world people will be watching to see who will come out on top,” he said.
“We would like to do well for our fans [and] try to lift West Indies cricket again. We have a number of players in the team who have played a lot of cricket in the sub-continent, and this is good for our team.”. (HG)