Samuels Was Considered As Replacement For Bravo

Samuels Was Considered As Replacement For Bravo
Samuels Was Considered As Replacement For Bravo
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Batsman Marlon Samuels was considered as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo in the West Indies' Cricket World Cup squad before both the player and selectors mutually agreed that he was not yet ready to return to international cricket.

Samuels, 30, has only recently returned from a two-year ban imposed on him after he was found guilty of passing team information on to a bookmaker but has been in the runs for Jamaica in domestic cricket.

Bravo injured his knee during the West Indies' opening World Cup game against South Africa and was eventually replaced by Guyanese leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

However, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors met with Samuels to discuss a possible early return to the fold.

"Marlon has shown good form with the bat but he agrees with the Selection Committee that to return to international cricket at this stage, particularly in the high pressure situation of the Cricket World Cup would be too rushed," Clyde Butts, chairman of selectors said.

Samuels added: "I thanked Mr. Butts for the consideration of the selectors and am honoured that they would have me in mind after such a short time returning to cricket.

"I am not yet ready to return to the international arena. I am now getting back into competitive cricket and while I am scoring runs at the moment, the regional level and the international level are very different.

"The selectors and I agree that I need to concentrate on playing at the First Class level and focus on getting all aspects of my game back to a suitable standard and recover my appetite for scoring runs."

Samuels played one match - against Kenya - in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa before playing all but one of the West Indies' fixtures in 2007, when they hosted the tournament.

"We had a healthy and positive discussion with Marlon about where he is and how he should proceed and we are exactly on the same page," Butts said.

The West Indies, who lost their opening match against South Africa but bounced back to beat the Netherlands by 215 runs, are now 25/1 with to win the competition.

© Cricket World 2011

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