Wednesday 4 March 2009 

Samit Patel Not Fit Enough For England: ECB

Samit Patel Not Fit Enough For England: ECB
Samit Patel Not Fit Enough For England: ECB
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has prevented Samit Patel from joining up with the England squad in the West Indies after the Nottinghamshire all-rounder failed to reach an acceptable level of fitness.

Patel, currently in New Zealand with the England Lions, has been informed by the ECB that he will not be joining England for the One Day leg of the tour, instead remaining with the Lions in New Zealand.

"Samit Patel is a talented cricketer but he, like every other player who joins the senior England team, must be aware of the strict fitness criteria that will be set," ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris said.

"It is extremely frustrating that Samit has not heeded the warnings of his county, Nottinghamshire, and the England National Selector Geoff Miller as well as the England management and strength and conditioning team. In the circumstances we had no option but to de select him from the tour."

Adil Rashid, currently in the England Test squad which moves on to Trinidad 1-0 down in their five-match series, will take Patel's place in the squad for five One Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

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