On Thursday, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. The 35-year-old released a statement to the media, confirming the news of his retirement, he mentioned that he will always remember the first time he received his maiden cap 14 years ago.
“Today I want to conform 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,” he said.
“The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career,” he added.
The right-handed batsman also expressed his profound gratitude towards his family who supported and motivated him to play the sport which helped him enhance his performance and also his fans for showering love all these years.
“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 said.
Bravo last appeared in an international match for West Indies in a T20 against Pakistan in September 2016. Bravo made his debut in 2004 against England and played 40 tests, 164 ODIs, and 66 T20Is. His final ODI appearances for the Carribean side in 2014 against India.
Bravo will continue to play in T20 leagues across the world including IPL in which he plays for Chennai Super Kings.