Sunday 22 September, 2019

Bravo believes Windies selectors erred by overlooking Marlon Samuels

Veteran West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has voiced support for discarded Jamaican 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.

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

“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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