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West Indies all-rounder and former captain Dwayne Bravo on Thursday brought an end to his 14-year long cricket career and announced his retirement from international cricket. However, Bravo has made his availability for the domestic T20 leagues.
The 35-year-old allrounder made his debut for the Windies in 2004 and has played 40 Tests, 164 one-day internationals (ODI) and 66 Twenty20 Internationals (T20I). But he made his last international appearance for the Windies more than two years ago, a T20I match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Bravo last played an ODI in October 2014 against India in Dharamsala and has not made an appearance for the Windies in Test cricket since December 2010.
Speaking to media Bravo said, "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."
Further, the 35-year-old added, "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," Bravo said. "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."
He ends his career with 2,200 runs and 86 wickets in Tests; 2,968 ODI runs and 199 wickets; and 1,142 runs and 52 wickets in T20I cricket.