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Bravo reverses T20I retirement to make himself available for selection
Retirement U-turn

Bravo reverses T20I retirement to make himself available for selection

Dwayne Bravo has come out of international retirement to reignite his chances of making a comeback to the West Indies T20I side.

Bravo last turned out in national colours in September 2016 during a T20I against Pakistan but subsequently had a fall out with the West Indies cricket board.

He later announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2018 after featuring in 270 games across formats.

The veteran all-rounder's latest decision has been triggered by a change of administration in Cricket West Indies, where Ricky Skerritt has assumed the role of the new chief while Phil Simmons has returned as the head coach.

"Today I confirm the announcement of my decision to return to International Cricket to all my fans and well-wishers all around the world. It’s no secret that this big announcement has come as a result of the changes made at the administration level," he stated in a media release.

"For a while now I have been contemplating my return to international cricket and my decision was solidified by these positive changes. With the current leadership of coach Phil Simmons and captain Kieron Pollard, I’m really excited about this comeback and about the chance to be part of something really special."

Bravo, 36, was part of the World T20I-winning squads in 2012 and 2016 and is admittedly driven by the motivation of helping the number 10 ranked West Indies defend their title.

With Kieron Pollard recently appointed the Caribbean side's white-ball captain, Bravo believed his leadership credentials alongside the experience of Simmons and Jason Holder can transform West Indies' T20I unit.

"We have a lot of young talent on the team as well as cricketers with a wealth of experience such as Pollard, Simmons and Jason Holder and I believe that I can contribute to a positive change. With a powerful team such as ours, we can definitely rebuild the WI T20 cricket team on and off the field and improve our rankings."

West Indies lost back-to-back T20I series in India to Afghanistan and the hosts, though their spirited performances in the contests against India drew praise from critics.

Bravo, who boasts an experience of 450 games in the shortest format, was in action in the Abu Dhabi T10 last month where he captained Maratha Arabians to a title win.

He reiterated his newfound commitment to representing West Indies in T20Is and hoped to make it into the national squad soon.

"I will remain fully committed to the WI T20 team once selected," he said.

"Thank you to all my fans and supporters for your continuous support as always."