Bravo, Pollard expected World Cup snub


West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo says he and Kieron Pollard were well aware they would not be picked for the World Cup, saying they were told on the tour to South Africa in January not to expect a call-up.

The omission of those two players came as a shock to fans, and fellow players like Chris Gayle immediately made their disgust known. Bravo, speaking to Cricinfo, said chief selector Clive Lloyd told them in Cape Town what would happen.

Bravo, who was one of the leaders of the walk-out of the India tour last October, said: "We actually laughed when he said it to us. To be honest, we knew it was coming.

"We know the type of people in charge of our cricket are actually mature enough to make sensible decisions and the right decisions for the benefit of cricket.

"If we had got selected we actually would have been surprised. We expected it. There was nothing that shocked us.

"The explanation that they gave us was too many allrounders or they want to try young players, whatever the case might be. Kieron Pollard is 27, I am 31.

"Also as far as our form was concerned, as I said, the last 12 months I had been West Indies' best player. So to be left out with those explanations, obviously, all we could have done is laugh. It was a big joke."

Bravo felt the selectors would rather have done poorly at the World Cup for petty reasons, which they did, than select him and Pollard, but he wasn't going to dwell on that anymore.

He added: "Another World Cup come, finish. They (were) happy with their decision. They were prepared not to win this World Cup.

"It is a shame that before the World Cup even started, they were already prepared to lose and look forward to building for the next World Cup, whereas in the last three years we were building for this World Cup.

"But it is all water under the bridge now. I am not someone to hold on to anything."