West Indies legend Clive Lloyd does not believe discarded batsman Shai Hope should be playing T20 cricket as the sport's shortest format ruins his game.

After a barren run of form, which has led to the player averaging 19.48 since December 2017 and just 14.45 since February 2019, Hope was dropped from the team ahead of the upcoming tour of New Zealand.  Not surprisingly, since his struggles in a 2-1 defeat against England, a place where he made headlines three years ago, saw his overall Test average slip to 26.27.

The 26-year-old is one of a few players to represent the regional team in all three formats.  He has not had these struggles in One Day Internationals where he averages 52.20 from 78 games.  In T20s, however, he averages 21.63 in 13 matches with a strike rate of 136.

It is his involvement in the later that the former West Indies skipper believes could be a problem.

“I don’t think this T20 is for Shai Hope, he gets into bad habits,” Lloyd told the Mason and Guest radio program.

“I know that you don’t want to take away money from people, but the point is that he should not be playing in T20s, it is destroying his cricket,” he added.

Lloyd also believes the player should have been possibly included in some kind of A-team for the tour, instead of being left out of the squad entirely.

“If we had A-teams and A-team tours, young Shai Hope should have had a stint with the A-team to build his confidence back as England did with Nasser Hussain and (Mark) Ramprakash."

Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne has claimed West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels needs ‘serious help’ after recent posts that denigrated both the bowler himself and England all-rounder, Ben Stokes.

The comments, which were posted to Samuels’ Instagram page, called Stokes a ‘bitch’ and a ‘white boy’ and also made lewd suggestions regarding the player’s wife.  The comments came after Stokes recently revealed his difficult experiences in New Zealand quarantine, which he insisted he would not visit on his worst enemy, 'not even Marlon Samuels'.  Stokes and Samuels have been part of a long-running feud that goes back to 2015 but the level of vitriol caught many by surprise.

Warne and Samuels have also had a fierce rivalry over the years but it’s not clear what the trigger was to involve the former spinner this time around.  In criticising Warne, Samuels brought up an alleged incident involving a girlfriend of the Australian and claimed he was ‘begging jobs in cricket.’

In a terse response, Warne claimed Samuels had no friends at all and that not even his ex-teammates never liked him.  He urged the player to get help.

“I've just been sent what Samuels has posted re @benstokes & I.  It's a very sad situation as he obviously needs serious help - but has no friends at all & not even his ex-teammates like him.  Just because you were an ordinary cricketer - no need to be an ordinary person. Get help son,” Warne said via his Twitter feed.