Darren ready for Sri Lanka mission
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Stylish West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is hoping to rekindle his love affair with Sri Lanka when he suits up for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship in Colombo later this month.
The left-hander is a member of the 15-man squad currently in camp at the Sagicor High Performance Centre at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, in preparation for the September 18 to October 7 tournament.
He has not played for the Windies, however, since injury curtailed his tour of England last June and is hoping Sri Lanka proves a happy hunting ground.
“I made a good start to my Test career in Sri Lanka a few years ago so it is a place that has good memories for me,” Bravo said.
“I enjoy the conditions, the atmosphere and the overall environment there. I have done quite well in Asia in general so this World Cup is something that I’m looking forward to.”
Bravo has been one of the leading batsmen for the regional squad over the last year, despite his modest form on the recent England tour. However, injury sidelined him for the entire New Zealand series which West Indies won comprehensively.
With very little competitive cricket under his belt, Bravo said he was eagerly looking forward to playing in the two practice matches coming up on Thursday in order to measure his match fitness.
“I will try to use those two matches to get fully back into the groove. I played in the T20 tournament in Trinidad recently and I felt comfortable at the crease again,” Bravo said.
“Thursday will provide another opportunity to see where I am with my comeback. It’s up to me to get out there and make it count. I feel good and back to my old self, so time in the middle should do be fine.”
He added: “The most important thing is to spend as much time out in the middle and try to understand my role and try to execute as best as possible in the practice matches, so that when it comes time for Sri Lanka I will be confident enough to go out there and represent the West Indies and make our people proud.”
Full Squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (Wicket-keeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
Reserves: Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Devon Thomas
Team Management: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), Toby Radford (Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez-Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Thursday, Sept 13: vs Sri Lanka - NCC, Colombo
Monday, Sept 17: vs Afghanistan - P Sara Oval, Colombo
First round matches
Saturday, Sept 22: vs Australia - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Monday, Sept 24: vs Ireland - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Super Eight matches
Thursday, Sept 27: C1 v D2 - Pallekele
Thursday, Sept 27: A1 v B2 - Pallekele
Friday, Sept 28: D1 v C2 - Colombo
Friday, Sept 28: B1 v A2 - Colombo
Saturday, Sept 29: A1 v D2 - Pallekele
Saturday, Sept 29: C1 v B2 - Pallekele
Sunday Sept 30: B1 v C2 - Colombo
Sunday Sept 30: D1 v A2 - Colombo
Monday, Oct 1: B2 v D2 - Pallekele
Monday, Oct 1: A1 v C1 - Pallekele
Tuesday, Oct 2: B1 v D1 - Colombo
Tuesday, Oct 2: A2 v C2 - Colombo
Thursday, October 4: Super 8 Group 1-1 vs Super 8 Group 2-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Friday, October 5: Super 8 Group 2-1 vs Super 8 Group 1-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Grand Final: Sunday, October 7 - R Premadasa Stadium