West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has decided to call time on his career after 18 years in the game. The Chennai Super Kings player announced his decision to retire by releasing a media statement, but however, he stated that he would continue playing franchise T20 cricket across the world.
The 35-year-old made his debut in 2004 and went on to represent West Indies across 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is. Although, his last appearance for the Caribbean outfit was way back 2016 against Pakistan.
In a statement released to the media, the right-arm bowler said he stills savors the moment he made his debut against England at the Lords: "Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. 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 Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004.''
Dwayne Bravo further added that he will continue to feel the same passion for the sport, he felt throughout his career: ''The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.''
The all-rounder explaining his decision to retire further added that the time had come to pass the torch to the younger generation: 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.”
The West Indies all-rounder had last played an ODI in 2010, and since then had gradually developed into a T20 player. His hard-hitting ability coupled with his athletic fielding and clever bowling had made him a much-sought figure in T20 cricket over the world. Such was Bravo's impact, that he played a crucial role for West Indies in their famous T20 triumphs in 2012 and 2016.
The right-handed batsman further expressed gratitude to his family and fans for their support throughout his career: “I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age. 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,” he concluded.