Darren Bravo delighted with Central Retainer Contract

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad - Darren Bravo has expressed his delight in being one of 15 West Indies cricketers selected for Central Retainer Contracts by the West Indies Cricket Board, for the period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.

According to the WICB, Bravo, countryman Adrian Barath, Jamaican left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and Grenadian pace bowler Nelon Pascal have been elevated to Central Retainer Contracts from Developmental Contracts for the past year.

And Bravo, during a brief interview at his Santa Cruz hometown recently, was understandably delighted in being part of the group who will be on Retainer Contracts.

“Obviously it’s a great feeling, a great privilege, a great opportunity,” said the Trinidad and Tobago left-handed batsman. “I’m just 21 years old and, being given a contract from the West Indies Cricket Board and haven’t yet (cemented) my place on the team, it shows that the Board has some sort of belief in me and it’s nice to see they’re trying to push the youngsters as much as possible.

“It’s important for me to try to fulfill my true potential and live up to my name.”

When asked how the contract actually works, he replied, “I believe I’ll be given a stipend at every month and it will go towards my personal training as well. You can use the money to obviously better yourself, as a player.”

He will use the privilege given by the WICB as an incentive to improve as a player.

“It’s actually like a job now and I’m being paid by the West Indies Cricket Board to do what you love,” he pointed out. “It’s important that I stay focus and maintain a high level of discipline.” Earlier this week, Bravo resumed training with the Trinidad and Tobago team for the regional one-day championships, which will take place in Jamaica next month.

“I’m looking forward to going across in Jamaica and performing to the best of my ability,” he said. “The West Indies team is going across to Sri Lanka later on in the year so I’m looking to be part of the squad.”

*Taken from Newsday.