World Cup Brathwaite's priority
KOLKATA, India (CMC):
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is poised to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with Delhi Daredevils next month but at the moment, the only thing occupying his thoughts is helping West Indies win this month's Twenty20 World Cup.
The 27-year-old entered last month's draft at a base price of $30,000 and walked away with a deal worth US$626,000, after Daredevils battled to secure his services for the cash-rich April 9 to May 29 tournament.
Though the IPL follows quickly on the heels of the World Cup, Brathwaite was clear on where his priorities were.
"I don't want to look too far ahead. The most important thing is to do well in the World Twenty20," Brathwaite stressed.
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"It's wonderful news to be selected for IPL. But for me, the first and foremost thing is to win the World Twenty20. Hopefully, I will play an influential role for the Delhi Daredevils as well."
He added: "The World Cup is of prime importance now. I have an important role in the team and want to concentrate on that."
Brathwaite was a belated addition to the T20 World Cup squad, following the withdrawal of the experienced Kieron Pollard through injury.
He is a powerful lower-order batsman and a steady seamer, and is expected to form a major part of West Indies' assault on the T20 World Cup.
Brathwaite said the Windies preparation had been helped by the presence of legendary fast-bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose, who is now the team's bowling consultant.
West Indies will face India on Thursday at Eden Gardens in the first official warm-up match for the T20 World Cup, before clashing with Australia on Sunday in their second and final warm-up.