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WICB 'frustrated' by Darren Bravo damages claim

ESPNCricInfo - Friday 21st April, 2017

Darren Bravo appears to have rejected the chance of a return to the West Indies side by launching a claim for damages against the WICB.

Bravo, who has not played for West Indies since he was sent home from Zimbabwe in November 2016 following his criticism of board president, Dave Cameron, is claiming lost earnings of around USD120,000 based upon what he could have made from ODIs against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, BPL and PSL contracts, and regional Caribbean competitions.

The claim has come as a surprise to officials at WICB who believed they were on the verge of a reconciliation with Bravo. They are also surprised at the suggestion he was prevented from playing in the BPL or PSL as no application for an NOC (no objection certificate) was made ahead of either tournament and, when Bravo did apply for such a certificate ahead of the IPL, it was granted immediately.

"It is true that Darren has initiated legal action against us," WICB chief executive Johnny Grave told ESPNcricinfo. "It has come as a surprise as I was under the impression we had agreed a way back for him. I'm very disappointed and yes, a bit frustrated."

Grave's frustration is understandable. Having inherited the disagreement when he was appointed at the start of this year, Grave gained agreement from Cameron over a partial apology to Bravo (the president is prepared to acknowledge he was wrong to suggest Bravo had ever received a Grade A contract from WICB). He also thought he had agreed on the wording of an apology from Bravo to the president with Bravo's legal advisors. Indeed, he was hoping news of Bravo's reconciliation could be announced during the ODI series against England with a view to him playing in the Test series against Pakistan.

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