Delhi Daredevils allrounder Carlos Brathwaite has moved to clarify he has not turned his back on the West Indies after early arrival for his Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils this week.
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.
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
Windies coach Stuart Law confirmed he had in fact been omitted, with the former Australia batsman suggesting Brathwaite’s fitness needs work.
“We just thought the opportunity was there for Carlos to go away and work on a few aspects of his game,” Law said.
“Namely his fitness and his bowling, getting back bowling to how he wants to bowl. He has been left out for those reasons and it’s just coincided that the IPL is there and we have no cricket after this ODI series, and he hasn’t been part of the last Test series.”