It was late one night in the 1990s. I was sitting in the back seat of a car.
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Smith confirms dramatic withdrawal from Big Bash
Two weeks after BCAcricket.org broke the news that Dwayne Smith had dramatically pulled out of his contract with Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL), after twice changing his mind about travelling while at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) here, the experienced Barbados all-rounder and West Indies player has confirmed the sequence of events while stating he was now “very good, getting fit and ready to play for West Indies whenever called upon.”
“No one knows what had happened and I didn’t say anything because as I said it was personal and I would let it stay that way because no one knows what had happened and it would go on and on,” Smith said in an interview on Line & Length, a weekly television programme. “I know that people are talking but I am here now to let people know that Dwayne Smith is very good, getting fit and ready to play for West Indies whenever called upon…”
When asked in the television interview if he had made two trips to the GAIA and on one occasion “actually got on the plane and then deplaned after it had taxied down the runway”, Smith responded: “Well, yes. Everything that was said was true but I’m sure that people would look at it different no matter where you go around the Caribbean because the minute something like that happens, there is always going to be speculation but as I said, it has been sorted, I have got that out of the way now and just back on my cricket again.”