Windies stars set to return
Dwayne Bravo claims all of West Indies' star players will make themselves available for the summer tour to Australia.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 06/10/09 5:04pm
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has revealed that all of West Indies' star players will make themselves available for the summer tour to Australia.
Bravo is one of host of players from the Caribbean locked in an ongoing dispute with the WICB regarding their contracts.
The disagreement resulted in a second-string team being sent to compete in the ICC Champions Trophy, a competition West Indies famously won in England in 2004.
The WICB reacted by saying only players who make themselves for a regional one-day tournament in Guyana this month would be considered for the tour of Australia.
But Bravo, who has been out of Test cricket for more than a year due to an ankle injury, insists players such as Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul would make themselves available for selection.
"We are all going to make ourselves available, that is definite," Bravo told the Age newspaper.
"We are looking forward to getting back playing international cricket.
"It's a long while since I played a Test match and I want to get back on the Test pitch. The last time was against Australia and now I am hopefully going to be back playing Australia again."
Tim May, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations, said he would now expect a "greater urgency" to resolve the dispute.
"The West Indies have made themselves available so you would like to think that the West Indies board would make some better decisions," he said.
"If they go to Australia with a second-string team it will be as if they are airing their dirty laundry in public.
West Indies are scheduled to play three Test matches, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 encounters against Australia starting in Brisbane on November 26.