Indian Premier League 2012 news February 24, 2012

Pune Warriors sign Marlon Samuels


Marlon Samuels, the West Indies allrounder, has been signed up by Pune Warriors for the next two years. Samuels becomes the first player to be bought this year by Warriors, who had originally boycotted the auction on February 4, but were eventually granted an extended window for trading till February 29.

Samuels' deal has left Warriors with three more slots for overseas players after Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the IPL with a back injury (see sidebar). The Warriors have already lost Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine to injury and bought out West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor's contract.

With the IPL season clashing with West Indies' home series against Australia in March-April and then the away tour of England in May, Samuels will be available to play for Warriors for the first half of the tournament. "He has agreed to play for the first ten-odd matches," a Warriors official told ESPNcricinfo. For Samuels to be available for that duration, he will have to skip the home Tests against Australia.

Samuels is currently playing for the Duronto Rajshahi franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League, and has earned a couple of Man-of-the-Match awards over the past two weeks for his big hitting and tidy offspin. He has been on the international circuit for more than a decade, and is among the few experienced batsmen in a new-look West Indies side. He is yet to make his IPL debut, but has played 42 other T20 matches in which he has made 1128 runs at a strike-rate of 121.68.

It is understood that Samuels was also being pursued by IPL heavyweights Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the former Australia allrounder Andrew Symonds, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last week.

Warriors had a wicketkeeper, a middle-order batsman and an allrounder as top priority on their buying list. The franchise has started knocking on the doors of rival franchises to explore any possible trading opportunities with the trading window deadline closing in a week's time.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vignesh on February 27, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Pune Warriors should consider Stiaan van Zyl of South Africa.... Come on DADA try to get him in your side before others...

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Y not Ricky Pointing????? he will b available as he has retired. Warriors also need a capable player like him in mid order

  • Vicky on February 25, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Common Pune and Souravda please dont select such average players you have good options Bopara was any day better than Samuels, we have Richard levi, Kevin o brien, O.Shah, Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol these are more thn capable batters go for them instead!!!C'mon we have huge expectations from Pune live up to that and make a stronger side please.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Today in papers, that Mumbai Indians are front runners to sign Richard Levi as replacement to retired A.Symonds...turning out to be really balanced and complete squad..

  • Basil on February 25, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Samuels will be both a waste of space for both WI and Pune. His Test av of 29 does not lie. A very soft player.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Pune Warrioirs need to sign Leviathan!

  • trevor on February 25, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    ICC,IPL WICB and all parties involved need to sit and work out the problems of cricket schedules with amongst the various boards.Cricket has changed over the years; The players might as well hire agents to see after their well being; This is an international sport with lots of cash coming into play.Marlon Samuels must see after his own wellfare, yet he is an integral part of WI Cricket.Not to have him playing in the coming series against Australia does not bode well for WI cricket. He should be wearing the Maroon colours for WI when Australia takes the field against US. I,m hoping that Clive Lloyd will return in a leadership role with a talented and courageous cast to help lift WI cricket from the poor leadership and confusion that has befallen it.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    The Only decent allrounder left in the West Indies gone to play IPL when we have matches vs Australia to play. All these T/20 leauges are a curse to our cricket. no Russell, Bravo, Pollard, Gayle, Narine, Samuels, Taylor, all of whom are better choices than the 'acting allrounder captain' in the team because @ least they know how to catch a cricket ball. I give up on West Indies cricket!! when next Pakistan playing a test series? I think i will support them.

  • Muhaimin on February 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Maybe they should sign Mushfiq ur- Rahim he is decent with the bat, a good wicket keeper and can also be a good captain.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Johnson Charles is a more than capable wicket keeper that this level, up and coming talent,

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