Veteran Windies batsman Marlon Samuels will make a return to competitive cricket alongside a host of compatriots in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, which is set to bowl off in December.

The 38-year-old batsman has been out of the game for several months after taking time off to rehabilitate a troublesome knee injury.  Samuels is now slated to make a return for the Karnataka Tuskers, where he will line up alongside Kesrick Williams, Evin Lewis, Johnson Charles, and Fabian Allen.

Fresh from the disappointment of being overlooked for The Hundred draft experienced T20 campaigner Dwayne Bravo is expected to turn out for Martha Arabians alongside Jamaican Chadwick Walton.

Newly appointed Windies T20 captain Kieron Pollard   Kieron Pollard will suit up for the Deccan Gladiators, with Sherfane Rutherford expected to turn out for the Delhi Bulls.  The Northern Warriors, led by Darren Sammy, has the most West Indians in their set-up, with the likes of André Russell, Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Rayad Emrit, and Mark Deyal set to lead their charge.

Veteran Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has voiced support for discarded batsman Marlon Samuels, insisting leaving the experienced player out of the ICC World Cup squad was a mistake.

There was no space for the 38-year-old batsman when the final squad was announced last month, which could spell out the end of the player’s tenure with the regional team.

Samuels has been sidelined with a recurring knee injury since representing the regional team against Bangladesh last year.

  Some had, however, argued that the batsman should have been included based on his experience as a proven match winner and his willingness to appear for the team at the ICC World Cup qualifiers, an invitation that was declined by some players currently in the squad.

“Marlon Samuels is a surprise. I think Marlon Samuels was there with the team throughout the playoffs (World Cup qualifiers) and in the series after the team had qualified, so him being left out was a surprise to me,” Bravo said in a recent radio interview.

“They should have picked him. Marlon should have been in the squad. Being there throughout the playoffs, being an experienced guy in the middle – he should be there,” he added.

“Whether or not they start him [in the final XI] but I think he has done enough to be in the 15-man squad to go to England. It would have been his last World Cup.”

Samuels, who has insisted he is fit enough to play in the tournament, was not included in the 10-man reserve list announced last week either.

“I don’t know what was the thinking of the selectors. Obviously with guys like (Shimron) Hetmyer and Shai Hope in the side. Maybe he (Samuels) is not fit, I don’t know. Maybe something is wrong with him, who knows.”

 

Regional cricket commentator and analyst, Fazeer Mohammed, has rubbished claims that players who showed up to play for the ICC World Cup qualifiers should have been given preferential consideration when the final squad was selected by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Tuesday.

Of the sixteen players who took part in the qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which secured the team a place at next month’s World Cup, nine have been included in the final squad. 

Two-time T20 World Cup winner Marlon Samuels is the most notable absentee in a list that also includes Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Nikita Miller, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams. 

 In this instance, scribbled on the final list submitted to the ICC on Tuesday, the most notable inclusion would perhaps be that of Andre Russell who turned down the chance to represent the region at the qualifiers, after stating that he had not sufficiently recovered from injury. 

The situation has sparked debate in some areas, particularly the exclusion of Samuels who had not played cricket for some time due to an injury but expected to be fit for the World Cup.  In an interview with the SportsMax Zone, however, Mohammed insisted cricketing reasons should be the only consideration in selecting the squad.

“This is a competitive sport. This is not about giving favours or doing people favours for long service or that sort of thing, or turning up when others didn’t turn up,” Mohammed told the SportsMax Zone.

“You remember in the days of the Kerry Packer era when the West Indies lost their Packer players for a period and the likes of Alvin Kallicharan and even Malcolm Marshal and so on came into the West Indies squad. From the moment that was sorted out and the World Cup came up in 1979 all the top players were back,” Mohammed added.

“There is no room for sentiment in competitive sport.  I understand the recognizing the roles played but are we selecting a squad as a favour for turning up or are we selecting a squad to be competitive or even get to the winning stage of the World Cup.

India fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed has been cautioned for the provocation of Windies batsman Marlon Samuels during a lopsided win in the fourth One Day International (ODI) in Mumbai.

The Windies were spectators as Virat Kohli threatened to make their third One Day International against India a miserable one. Then enter Marlon Samuels in the 40th over and things changed. The Windies won by 43 runs and Samuels ended with figures of 3-12, bowling Kohli in his first over. 

Windies B batsman Marlon Samuels said it was good to score a century on his return to cricket after a long break due to injury.

Windies B head coach said he expected Marlon Samuels to make a positive impact on the team during the Regional Super50 competition that bowled off on Wednesday.

Andre Russell said he enjoyed batting higher up the order after proving a star turn in West Indies' seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in a rain-affected first Twenty20 international at Basseterre.

Chris Gayle has been left out of the Windies squad for their upcoming T20i series against Bangladesh starting on Tuesday in St. Kitts.

Windies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels was excluded from the 13-man squad named to play Bangladesh in the upcoming ODI matches because of injury. The veteran batsman, who is recovering from a knee injury, is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.