West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has decided to retire from international cricket. The two-time WorldT20 winner however will continue to play franchise T20 around the world.
The 35-year-old made his debut in 2004, and represented West Indies in 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is.
He ends with 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 in Tests, with three centuries, to go with 86 wickets at 39.83. In ODIs, he made 2968 runs at 25.36, with a strike-rate of 82.30, while taking 199 wickets at 29.51 with an economy rate of 5.41.
His last appearance for the Windies came in a T20I against Pakistan in September 2016.
"Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game,” Bravo said in a statement released to the media.
“After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lord’s Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.”
"However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players."
Bravo played last of his 40 Tests in 2010, and had gradually became a T20 specialist since then with the emergence of T20 leagues around the world.
His last ODI appearance followed a dramatic turn of events as the West Indies side flew home in protest against their board, cutting the tour short. Bravo was the captain of the ODI side then, and at the toss, the full squad stood behind him, symbolically backing his decision.
"I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize my efforts on and off the field. I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion."