Disrespectful response He responded in a manner that was disrespectful to his president, “the owner fe de yard” who ultimately decides who gets paid and who does not. So in a true “Trump-like” manner Darren Bravo is instantly dismissed and sent home from the touring team. But, I am yet to see any attempt by our President to correct his erroneous statement or to apologise for his unfortunate and incorrect categorising of Mr. Bravo’s previous contract. So, another one bites the dust. One by one, the better players of cricket in the West Indies are sidelined for perceived ‘insubordination’ and the team is filled with untried and unproven players who are too scared to voice (or tweet) any opinion about conditions under which they are forced to play. The result, defeat after defeat and a relentless and continuous slide down the International rankings, with elimination from the really important ICC competitions. So it’s on to the Tri-Nation series in Zimbabwe, minus our best spinner, Sunil Narine, who has withdrawn from the tour ‘for personal reasons’. Where will it end? When will West Indian fans, whose hard- earned dollars support this WIBC Board and their sponsors, have the guts to say to our president No mas, No more, please, please, leave us and give West Indies cricket a chance to be relevant. With a lot of cricket being played around the world, it is usual to expect that the game would be prominent in global sport news. The English are locked in an interesting tussle with India, Australia is battling South Africa and the West Indies are due to play in a triangular series with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. As an added bonus, West Indian women’s team play against India, knowing that one win in three games would see the team automatically qualifying for a place in the ICC World Cup, scheduled for England next year. For the West Indian cricket fan, however, as usual, the only news is bad news. Our ladies suffered another batting meltdown to lose the second straight game to India, putting more pressure on themselves (and us fans) before game three tomorrow, desperately needing a win. The men of the West Indies cricket team, coming off a rare win in a Test match, albeit in a dead series against Pakistan, are looking (once again) to turn the corner in their quest to resume relevance in World cricket. But along comes another “controversy”. Having their overtures to Kraigg Braithwaite and Marlon Samuels rebuffed, the board was asked to explain the offering of a “C” contract to their second best player in the past year, Darren Bravo. Rushing into a television studio to answer this and other questions was the president of the WICB, Dave Cameron. That decision, to have the President attempting to explain the actions of a Board constantly under fire from the majority of the regional fans proved to be a costly mistake. The president of the WICB doesn’t have a good history of outing fires and soothing the ire of players. Ever since he was ignored at a cricket function in South Africa by players, who he apparently felt owed him a debt of gratitude for their improved earnings in world cricket, our President has consistently shown us how thin-skinned he really is. He has no problem in making disparaging tweets etc against West Indian players, but if anyone dares to respond in kind – sanction! In that interview last week, our president explained that Darren Bravo could not expect to keep his ‘A’ contract if his average keeps falling in the previous twelve month period, as there would be no incentive for an ‘A’-contract player to improve his on-field statistics. That sounded reasonable, but a quick fact check revealed that our president did not state the facts. Darren Bravo was (factually) the second best West Indian batsman in the twelve-month period under review by the Board. Second, Mr. Bravo NEVER had an A contract. Third, Darren Bravoa test team veteran was offered a ‘C’ contract similar in terms to one offered a newcomer to the team, and fourth, Marlon Samuels, a player with a demonstrable inferior average in the twelve month period used by the Board to calculate contract values was offered a ‘B’ contract. Darren Bravo, a West Indian career cricketer, who gave up playing the shorter form of the game to improve his statistics in the longer and purer form of cricket, felt hurt and insulted.
The 28-year-old was substituted with a muscular problem, with Mancini conceding his fitness level was a problem.It will be the first game which Balotelli has not played since Mancini took over last May after the four-time winners’ devastating failure to qualify for the World Cup.But Balotelli has made the trip to Portugal with the squad as Mancini considers him to be a central figure in the team he is trying to rebuild.Balotelli had played in all four games so far under Mancini, scoring in a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.Mancini’s other two friendlies were a 3-1 defeat to World Cup winners France and 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.Lorenzo Pellegrini has also been left out along with Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno, Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.Mancini confirmed that Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa would start after the 20-year-old proved pivotal when he came on last Friday, along with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.Balotelli’s place could be taken by either Andrea Belotti or Ciro Immobile.Mancini defended Balotelli from criticism.“A player knows when he has played well or badly,” he said.“I think Mario knows full well what his performance against Poland was like. Criticism is part of the game.“We are only at the beginning of this journey and will change several players from the Poland game, also to look after the lads.“We are ready and know it can be a very important match. I won’t say it’s decisive, as there are another two to go, but we are facing the reigning European champions.”Italy’s have won six games to four for Portugal in previous meetings, but the Azzurri have not won a game in Lisbon in 31 years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Forward Mario Balotelli was substituted in the draw against Poland with a muscular problem © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOLISBON, Portugal, Sep 10 – Forward Mario Balotelli has been dropped by Italy coach Roberto Mancini for Monday’s Nations League game against European champions Portugal in Lisbon.Nice striker Balotelli came under fire for his performance in their Nations League opener against Poland on Friday, where the Azzurri were held 1-1.