West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo. @ Getty Images
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo. @ Getty Images

West Indies’ star allrounder Dwayne Bravo has called time on his international career on Thursday. However, he will continue to play franchise cricket around the world. Bravo, who made his ODI debut in April 2004 against England at Georgetown, missed out on the tour of India after his name was absent from the list of 25 players revealed by Cricket West Indies (CWI) to obtain visas for the ODI leg of the ongoing tour.

The 35-year-old Bravo released a statement which was published in Trinidad and Tobago newspaper, Newsday. It reads: “Today I want to confirm 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. 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.”

Bravo, who has played 164 one-day internationals, scored 2,968 at an average of 25.36. He has picked wickets with his best bowling figures 6/43. In the T20 format, a specialist and experienced campaigner, Bravo has played 66 matches, he has smashed 1142 runs at an average of 24.29 and has claimed 52 wickets. His best bowling figures in T20Is are 4/28.

Bravo last played a Test in December 2010 against Sri Lanka where he had scored 68 in a drawn match after rain interrupted play. Bravo has played 40 Tests and has scored 2200 runs with 13 half centuries and three centuries to his name. He has claimed 86 wickets, including his best bowling figures of six for 55.

“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,” Bravo said in his statement.