West Indies Twenty20 (T20I) captain and star all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has issued a statement suggesting he has not preferred cash-rich club cricket over West Indies (a multi-national cricket team), as he is set to join his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils (DD). West Indies are scheduled to play Pakistan in an ODI series followed by Tests, which coincides with the IPL. Brathwaite, who has left for India after the T20I loss, has clarified he did not decline to play for West Indies’ ODI side in order to join DD this week. In fact, he was dropped from the ODI side. It eventually paved way for his early arrival in India for IPL 10.
Earlier, a few reports had surfaced which seemed to suggest that Brathwaite had chosen to play in the IPL rather than the ODI series. But the 28-year-old’s recent revelation has put an end to those rumours. Brathwaite took to social media to explain he had been dropped. He wrote on his official Twitter handle: “Just to clear up obvious misunderstanding, I was omitted from the ODI squad, hence my early arrival for IPL. All the best to ODI team”
Just to clear up a obvious misunderstanding, I was omitted from the ODI squad, hence my early arrival for IPL. All the best to ODI team
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) April 3, 2017
West Indies head coach Stuart Law had earlier said that Brathwaite’s exclusion from the ODI side to face Pakistan will provide the talented all-rounder an opportunity to further improve his weaknesses and return a stronger player. Brathwaite recently led West Indies in the closely contested four-match T20I series against Pakistan, which the latter won 3-1. He is now expected to play a key role in DD’s campaign this Indian summer.