Bravo says ‘bye’ – Veteran retires from international cricket

first_img Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave said recently that Bravo was now competing against the likes of fellow all-rounders Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite and Rovman Powell, but said the door remained open for the veteran “once he performs in Super50”. Bravo turned out in 40 Tests for West Indies, scoring 2,200 runs at an average of 31 and taking 86 wickets at an average of nearly 40. He made three hundreds and 13 half-centuries. In 164 One-Day Internationals, Bravo garnered 2,968 runs at an average of 25 with two hundreds, while picking up 199 wickets at an average of 29. Bravo also played 66 T20 Internationals, making 1,142 runs and taking 52 wickets. Significantly, Bravo was a member of every title-winning West Indies side over the last two decades. He featured in the final against England when the Windies won the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy and also starred in the successful 2012 and 2016 T20 World Cup campaigns. He led the Windies in ODIs for 19 months but never played again after being sacked in 2014 and also dropped from the squad following his pivotal role in the controversial abandoned tour of India earlier that year owing to a player’s pay dispute with Cricket West Indies. Despite his status as one of the world’s leading T20 stars, Bravo has not played for the Windies in the shortest format since the ill-fated tour against Pakistan two years ago and, with selectors moving recently to blood youngsters, was unlikely to ever feature again. Overall, Bravo has played 410 T20s, scoring 5,984 runs and taking a record 447 wickets. DOOR STILL OPEN BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has quit all forms of international cricket just eight months before the ICC Cricket World Cup in England, bringing the curtain down on an absorbing career that saw him carve a niche in the shorter formats. The 35-year-old Trinidadian, who also quit Test cricket in 2015, announced his retirement late Wednesday on the eve of the first semi-final of the Regional Super50 between the Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval here. Bravo will feature in today’s second semi-final when his Trinidad and the Tobago Red Force take on Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners. “I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from International cricket in all formats of the game,” Bravo said in a statement. “After 14 years when (West Indies) I made my debut for the WI, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking on to the Lord’s cricket ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career. “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.” Despite steering Trinbago Knight Riders to back-to-back titles in the Caribbean Premier League in the last two seasons, Bravo has been repeatedly overlooked for international duty in the shortest format. And his campaign in the ongoing Regional Super50 has been less than stellar, with just 69 runs and seven wickets in five outings, putting in doubt any participation in next year’s World Cup.last_img read more

Liquor stores busted in sweep

first_imgROSEMEAD – Four alcohol merchants were caught selling liquor to minors in the city and one was arrested on suspicion of a slew of other charges in a sweep by a state agency. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control cited clerks at Beach’s Market, CVS Pharmacy, Vito’s Liquor and Casa De Liquor for selling alcohol to decoys under the age of 21, said ABC spokesman John Carr. Each citation carries a fine of at least $250. Additionally, Cesar Emilio Santos, 28, of Casa De Liquor was arrested on suspicion of possessing two video gambling machines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and allowing a customer to drink in the store, officials said. The agency used decoys at 10 stores in Rosemead, Carr said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The 40-percent failure rate is higher than the statewide average, Carr said. Usually, between 15 percent and 20 percent of a city’s stores fail the test. “The desire is to get that number down,” Carr said. CVS Pharmacy has a policy on checking identification, said store spokesman Mike DeAngelis. Employees watch a training video and sign a contract stating they will check IDs for anyone who looks 27 years old or younger. Any violation of the store’s policy can result in disciplinary action, including termination, he said. DeAngelis would not comment on what happened to the clerk at the Rosemead store, citing employee confidentiality. “We’ll certainly look into the incident that occurred and take any corrective action necessary,” DeAngelis said. Vivian Hyong Sook Lim, 40, was cited for selling alcohol to one of ABC’s decoys at Vito’s Liquor on San Gabriel Boulevard. She said she received a ticket and will have to appear in court in January. “The guy came in, he looked young, so I asked for his ID and he showed it,” Lim said. “It was really busy and I was confused between the tobacco age and the alcohol age.” Councilman John Tran said he was unaware so many stores in his city were failing to ask for ID when selling alcohol. “That’s shocking and it’s not acceptable,” Tran said. “This is something we have to closely monitor and further investigate to prevent minors from obtaining alcoholic beverages.” Councilwoman Margaret Clark agreed. “That is really bad, and I hope we can get a handle on it,” Clark said. “They’re violating our laws and putting our kids in jeopardy.” Carr said the sweep is part of a statewide effort to curb underage drinking. People under the age of 21 have a higher drunken-driver fatality rate than the general population, officials said. The department received grants this year to expand the Minor Decoy Program, which has been used by the ABC since the 1980s to crack down on merchants who sell liquor to those under 21. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more