Leaving Samuels a big mistake by Windies selectors insists Bravo

By Sports Desk May 26, 2019
Windies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels. Windies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels.

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.”

 

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