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May 10, 2006
Xavier Marshall, the Jamaica opener, and team-mates Leon Garrick and Damion Hardware are expected to face the St Ann Cricket Association's disciplinary committee today after failing to turn up for a match. The trio failed to appear on the second day of their rain-hit game against Kingston & St Andrew in the Red Stripe Cricket Championship and were consequently not selected for the following match last weekend.
Ivan Anderson, president of the St Ann Cricket Association, told the Jamaica Observer that their breach carried a light fine. "It [disciplinary hearing] will be done on Wednesday, but more or less what he [Marshall] did, would only warrant a one-match ban, or we might have a serious talk with him and let him know the implications," he said. "Sometimes they don't think before they do certain things... and don't realise that they are role models. We have to make sure we nip the bud as soon as we see certain things happening... we have to really step at it; we can't really try cover up on anything for them."
Anderson, the man credited for spotting Marshall's talent at the age of 10, maintained that Marshall "should have still turned up" even though he was informed by a team-mate that it had been raining on day two of the fixture.
Marshall scored a hundred to propel West Indies to the final of the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004. He played two Test matches and ten one-day internationals for the senior side but has yet to fulfill his evident talent. In early 2005, Marshall was suspended for off-field indiscretion while on tour with the senior team. Garrick, 29, played a solitary Test for the West Indies but has also had many run-ins with cricket authorities at all levels.
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