Indian Premier League 2012 news February 24, 2012

Pune Warriors sign Marlon Samuels

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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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  • VigneshTheGreat 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...

  • 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

  • vickyrocky 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.

  • 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..

  • VivGilchrist 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.

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Pune Warrioirs need to sign Leviathan!

  • gloriouscricket 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.

  • 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.

  • Tiger-Claw 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.

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Johnson Charles is a more than capable wicket keeper that this level, up and coming talent, http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-domestic-2011/content/player/333066.html

  • VigneshTheGreat 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...

  • 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

  • vickyrocky 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.

  • 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..

  • VivGilchrist 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.

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Pune Warrioirs need to sign Leviathan!

  • gloriouscricket 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.

  • 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.

  • Tiger-Claw 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.

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Johnson Charles is a more than capable wicket keeper that this level, up and coming talent, http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-domestic-2011/content/player/333066.html

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-domestic-2011/content/player/333066.html wicket keeper batsman to consider

  • Htc-Baseball on February 24, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    strangely this IPL promises more and has brought more interest than last season,, samuels good buy,, kevinn obrein southee and moises henriques must be bought by pune..Surely the Trp ratings gonna improve this time around

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Take me............. .................

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    I would love to see Steven Finn playing here... the kid has got some talent with the ball and is very difficult to get away with. He can partner Alphonso Thomas with the new ball. Brendan Taylor for the wicket keeper looks a good bet. I really dont understand though, what is stopping Pune from roping in Shahid Afridi ?? he can single-handedly turn out matches both with the bat and the ball... Also if they can prize out Umesh Yadav from daredevils, they can boast of a high value local man in the side.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Time to take Brian Lara...........

  • Geeva on February 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    HERE AGAIN THE IPL AFFECTS THE WEST INDIES CRICKET."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. "

    Surely india has enough talent to have only 2 overseas pros???

  • kimian on February 24, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Plenty of new faces in this year's IPl,very excited to See IPL-5 after many bunch of meaningless bilateral International series's everywhere ....

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Samuels? Seriously dose PWI want the go to the bottom again?

  • delboy on February 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Prashant, could it be that an investigation into FIXING of the FIRST IPL is needed? Was it won fairly or were other paid to ensure that LOCAL talent stood out to be a financial draw? This is a sport now rife with fixes.

  • delboy on February 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @Raid you are entitled to your opinion, please sight some evidence?

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I would concentrate on local talent. If you remember how the first IPL was won by RR, find some good cheap players with something to prove. Would go for players based on Averages and stats, Play Players who have good averages. Have a look at these guys: batsmen Kuldeep Raval (Saurashtra) - young guy has only played 4 matches but already scored 2 fifties - average 62 - strike rate - 203!!! Selvam Suresh Kumar (signed for chennai SK But not played) - Average - 36 strike rate - 182!!! Sushant Hemant Marathe (was signed to kochi tuskers) - has healthy average and good strike rate,, also could fill wicketkeeper role. good bet - average - 50 strike rate - 150 Bowlers Now I would love to go local but it has to be said WHY HAS NO ONE BOUGHT RAVI RAMPAUL!!???! Just sign him also samuel badree again of west indies is a good bet. Would try to trade in Joginder Sharma, might be a wild card player. Has experience and has shown some good form, in domestic. Hope Pune Warriors reading this

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    "Brendan Taylor"(Wicket-keeper) for Injured Tim Paine, "Richard Levi"(Opener/middle), "Moises Henriques"(all rounder) was MoM in Big Bash Final, Tim Southee(great death bowler and only player taken T20I hat-trick) or Steven Finn(he is in superb form,a match winner) or Jade Dernbach. These are the few players if taken by PWI..then other teams should beware..

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    WASTE OF MONEY SAMUELS IS PATHETIC.

  • on February 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    PWI should go for Boucher and Oram.

  • on February 24, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    There is a young wicket keeper in Kerala Sanju V Samson he is a good batsman.ibraheem Khalil is another option he is Moin khan like batsman they can go for prashanth para meswaran good bowler Rishi dhawan is already in kingsxi camp he is going to be this ipls star if het chances.pune can look for jalaj saxena,pkk naidu.i want to know where is gourav dhiman and sourav nethravalkar

  • on February 24, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I think Warriors should sign Kevin O'Brien as middle order batsmen, trade Ryan ten Doeschate on loan as an allrounder along with Englishmen Bopara and Aussiemen Forrest...

  • mrcool on February 24, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    It doesn't matters..Robin uthappa should always play as opener..SPW is wasting him in middle order..his recent scores as opener in t20 36 ball 92 runs,20 ball 64 runs..I wonder why each IPL team like MI,RCB and Pune wasted uthappa down the order when match gets out of reach.

  • on February 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Good choice he will do better ..

  • jonesy2 on February 24, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    baha the IPL has become a complete joke i used to love it. not anymore

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    a perfect signing this... samuels is in great form for windies ever since his come back in may 2011 he is scoring runs taking vital wickets with his off breaks and he is a worthy signing 4 sure never matter what the others think.... and as far as richard levi goes he has just started off.... he is a 1 match wonder.. can't expect more from him after a one off showing vs nz....

  • WinT20 on February 24, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    A real bad purchase and waste of money on Samuels..Pune should think the logistics properly and then spend on players..Samuels will only play for 10 matches...they should go for players who plays the entire tournament..this will help to build the team and if winning carry the momentum instead of playing new players after few matches...Secondly Samuels is successful in BPL because of the nature of the pitches there...all are slow pitches with nothing for the fast bowlers...n remember BPL is not of the same as IPL where big players play

  • rishab.cricfever on February 24, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Samuels...not a bad buy..but like 2 c Guptill dere 2...hes in sum sparkling form and also Levi, Kieswietter, Southee and K'o Brein are gud options

  • satish619chandar on February 24, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Samuels can be one hit wonder and i am still very much concerned about his bowling action.. Anyway, we have so much bowlers like that bowling.. I think Pune had better option available.. They already have Kartik and Rahul as spinners and I think there is no need for them to have an additional spin option in their squad.. Levi or KOB are better hitters on their day than Samuels for sure..

  • mandi on February 24, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    good buy by pune,dada should become captain i think.

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    why not richard levi i think currently hezz just as good as chris gayle

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    waste of money.. Marlon Samuels is a waste as a T20 player. Cant believe that Ganguly and all have selected Marlon Samuels.. Absolute waste!! who else now?? Mohd Ashraful??

    Even Tamim Iqbal would hav been a better choice than this.. and Why not Kevin O'Brien/Niall O'Brien, Tim Southee, and any othr player wasnt chosen?? Why had it to be Marlon Samuels?

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    its a good buy , the west indies allrounder is in good form.. but i think pune should go for ravi rampaul and brandam taylor .

  • PointFielder on February 24, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    West indies will be playing versus Aussies at home and versus England in England. He can only play few games after the series versus OZ gets over.

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    marlon samuels powerful hitting and experience can bring lot to pune warriors.......Hope pune will buy Levi, k.obrien and Tim southee

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    why not buy fidel edwards for jeremy taylor..he can bowl fast...pune should consider him....

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    gud buy....pune should go for Kevin O Brian & Martin Guptill

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Wow,thats great. He is a very good allrounder..very gud buy PW...i think levi and o'brien will join soon

  • AABIRSABEEL on February 24, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Pune should go for PRASHANTH PARAMESWARAN ( a good fast bowler from kerala , apreciated by V Sehwag in last IPL )and VVS Laxman along with Ibrahim KHALEEL of Cochi tuskers kerala and Hyderabad. P Parameswaran took 9 wicket in 2 matches in V Hazare trophy and in good form

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    I think Pune wants to make fool of themselves in IPL 2012. They have wasted a foreign player spot by taking Samuels.

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  • on February 24, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    I think Pune wants to make fool of themselves in IPL 2012. They have wasted a foreign player spot by taking Samuels.

  • AABIRSABEEL on February 24, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Pune should go for PRASHANTH PARAMESWARAN ( a good fast bowler from kerala , apreciated by V Sehwag in last IPL )and VVS Laxman along with Ibrahim KHALEEL of Cochi tuskers kerala and Hyderabad. P Parameswaran took 9 wicket in 2 matches in V Hazare trophy and in good form

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Wow,thats great. He is a very good allrounder..very gud buy PW...i think levi and o'brien will join soon

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    gud buy....pune should go for Kevin O Brian & Martin Guptill

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    why not buy fidel edwards for jeremy taylor..he can bowl fast...pune should consider him....

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    marlon samuels powerful hitting and experience can bring lot to pune warriors.......Hope pune will buy Levi, k.obrien and Tim southee

  • PointFielder on February 24, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    West indies will be playing versus Aussies at home and versus England in England. He can only play few games after the series versus OZ gets over.

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    its a good buy , the west indies allrounder is in good form.. but i think pune should go for ravi rampaul and brandam taylor .

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    waste of money.. Marlon Samuels is a waste as a T20 player. Cant believe that Ganguly and all have selected Marlon Samuels.. Absolute waste!! who else now?? Mohd Ashraful??

    Even Tamim Iqbal would hav been a better choice than this.. and Why not Kevin O'Brien/Niall O'Brien, Tim Southee, and any othr player wasnt chosen?? Why had it to be Marlon Samuels?

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    why not richard levi i think currently hezz just as good as chris gayle