Browne: Underperforming Brathwaite an investment
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has described Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite as an "investment" in West Indies cricket, and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match one-day international series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form.
The 28-year-old all-rounder's selection has been questioned in some quarters especially in light of his recent failures, but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a very early stage of his development and the selection panel was focused on getting the best out of him.
"He's a young player who is a very exciting player on his day, who hasn't played a lot of international cricket either. He's an investment and we all know if we get him right what he can produce for us," Browne said in a radio interview here.
"We would have seen him in the T20 World Cup but one of the things is if you sit and hear, say a coach or captain, speak about Carlos Brathwaite it is a bit different."
He continued: "The way how 50-over cricket is played now, where there are power plays and there are certain bowlers you go for in power plays and certain bowlers you don't. And Carlos's strike rate would be more than the other bowlers because of the time of the games when he bowls.
Brathwaite shot to prominence last April when he smashed massive sixes off the first four balls of the last over to propel West Indies to a dramatic victory over England in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup.