HOME EARLY: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo practises in the nets at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday, two days before the first One Day International between the teams, which the Windies won by two wickets. The second ODI bowled off last evening (TT time). —Photo courtesy WICB Media



Batsman leaves New Zealand tour ‘for personal reasons’


West Indies batsman Darren Bravo will miss the remainder of the One Day International (ODI) series and Twenty20 matches against New Zealand following his departure from the team due to personal reasons.

The left-hander departed Auckland for Trinidad yesterday, according to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

No further reasons were given for his departure but the WICB said that there will be no replacement for Bravo in the West Indies ODI squad, which has now been reduced to 14.

Bravo scored 14 in the first ODI, which West Indies won in Auckland and an aggregate 262 runs from four innings in the Test series, including 218 in the first Test at Dunedin.

Bravo’s absence means Kirk Edwards, who scored seven runs in two innings in the Test series and carried the drinks in the first ODI, will likely fill the slot in the top order for the rest of the tour.

West Indies took a one-nil lead into the second ODI at Napier (last night TT time).


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