West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 24, 2013

Samuels returns home from NZ with wrist injury

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Marlon Samuels, the West Indies allrounder, has been ruled out of the New Zealand limited-overs series with the recurrence of a chronic wrist injury. The injury, on his right wrist, will require surgery.

West Indies' physiotherapist CJ Clark confirmed that Samuels is returning home. "It will require surgery management and he returns home to seek that surgical opinion and advice from the WICB medical panel, headed by Dr Akshai Mansingh," Clark said.

Coach Ottis Gibson said Samuels absence will be hard to cope with for an already-struggling team. "Marlon's injury is unfortunate at such a tough time for the team," Gibson said. "But it gives another player the opportunity to make a name for themselves in this series."

West Indies are already without two of their biggest names, with Chris Gayle's hamstring and Kieron Pollard's knee keeping them out of the series. Dwayne Bravo, the ODI captain, said it would be difficult without the trio.

"Chris Gayle, Samuels and Pollard are three of our better players, we can't hide that," Bravo said. "We're definitely going to miss them, because they are three world-class players and despite the talent we have, I don't think any of us can actually fit those shoes. For me as a captain, I'm going to miss their ability as well as their experience, but it's a good opportunity for other players, they get an opportunity now to make a name for themselves and try to stamp their authority. They're definitely going to be missed, but I'm not going to use it as an excuse if we don't play well. If we play to our true potential, we're going to do well."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton will remain in New Zealand following the Tests as Samuels' replacement. Walton has played two Tests and two ODIs, but is yet to score a run in one-day cricket.

Gibson said he was confident, though, that Walton would make use of opportunities that came his way. "Chaddy has been on tour with us from the start, including the tour of India, without getting an opportunity. He has been working hard and growing as a player, and I feel confident that when his opportunity comes he will make the most of it."

Samuels had been in patchy form in the three Tests, which West Indies lost 0-2, scoring one half-century but not touching 25 in the other five innings. His bowling action had been called into question during the series, and though he was cleared to bowl his part-time offspin by the ICC following biomechanical analysis, he was banned from bowling his quicker delivery - his elbow was found to flex beyond the permissible 15 degrees when he bowled that ball.

West Indies play five ODIs against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Boxing Day, followed by two Twenty20s.

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  • on December 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    what do you call a better batsman than a keeper when walton gets his oppertunity he has to make big runs not 20s and 30s but 60s 70 s and 80s thats what you call a good batsman

  • looshan on December 25, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Give Leon Johnson a look, he is a very talented youngster, and could play well in the absence of Samuels. The WICB brought hired an Englishman called Richard Prybus to shake up things in West Indies cricket, he did a great job in Pakistan developing young talent from the school boy level. He is a pit bull type but knows the game, his position is director of cricket. Will be meeting Gibson and Sammy after the NZ tour.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 24, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Chanderpaul was rank in the ICC ODI , as the 3rd highest ODI batsman in the world and the best ODI batsman in the West Indies, then they drop him from the ODI team, Ramdin just made 107 at a strike rate of 72.29 in the last test, and is the best keeper in the West Indies, he is not good enough for the ODI team. You have two good hope in the batting line up for the ODI, but you would not play them. The selectors is part of West Indies problem!!!!

  • on December 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Abdool Majeed, you clearly don't like the man else you would have done some homework. Maybe you you should check his stats when he was with England or maybe you should realize that Sammy & Gibson got the most test wins in a row for quite a while even when we had Lara and Gayle as captain and better teams we lost badly. Remember the 47 all out at Sabina? If you don't like the man thats of but as least get your facts straight before you try and destroy the man. Some of us actually know the facts. You seem to want great results with players that are weak mentally.

  • JoshFromJamRock on December 24, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Gayle allowed Brathwaite, Shillingford allowed Narine in, and hopefully Sarwan is finally recalled for Samuels

    A couple things I hope to happen

    1) Powell, Brathwaite, Edwards & Bravo as batting nucleus for the next 7 yrs 2) Shiv playing until end of 2014 3) Sarwan recalled and playing until end of 2015 4) Gayle quitting Tests before being recalled 5) Russell drafted in to fill the #6 spot as the batting allrounder who bowls at good pace 6) Roach, Rampaul, Holder & Narine as bowling nucleus for the next 5yrs 7) Cummings in as first choice backup pacer 8) Permaul kept as the backup spinner 9) Best discarded for good 10) Gabriel & Cotterell going back to the HPC for a couple years. 11) Ramdin staying as 1st choice Keeper for at least 3 more yrs & made captain 12) Walton drafted in & playing whenever Ramdin isn't available. 13) Sammy should be dropped but made captain for T20 and ODIs

    Just my ideas of course, but we all agree that the captain, coach & selectors need to be changed 1st

  • satspeare on December 24, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @wirus totally understand your point - what is missing is that our selectors are operating as if they don't have a clue about this. if its a wicket-keeper they need then why not Shiv (ave 41) or Sarwan (ave 42) or even Barath (ave 30)? the former two has strike rate in the 70's and the latter in the 60's. we need batsmen who can hold the batting together. very disappointed with no Santokie or Russel. my team (16 in the squad):- 1 Powell 2 Charles (wk) 3 Edwards 4 DM Bravo 5 Simmons 6 DJ Bravo (c) 7 Sammy 8 Narine 9 Rampaul 10 Miller 11 Holder if no Rampaul then I'll have Deonarine or Ramdin ahead of Walton. we need someone to share the new ball with Holder and yes , NOT Best - not after the last 2 series. Bringing in Shiv would go a far way to help offset the void left with no Gayle,Pollard & Samuels. GOOD LUCK WEST INDIES. Here's hoping that this one day series starts our pay back!!

  • on December 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    bravo and gibson lamenting Samuels absence from the odi and t20 is an indication that west indian cricket is in the wrong hands. Samuels is not performing and his absence is a blessing. how come Gibson and Bravo does not realise that. it's sad that our cricket is in the wrong hands.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Andre Russell and Santokie should also be in short format squad surely ? Santokie would have really enjoyed these NZ conditions and gives the left arm variation. I hope they are included for the T20's at least as they were the stand out guys in the CPL. Santokie has been the best T20 bowler 2 years running ! it's funny W.I don't want to recognise him but I bet an IPL side will snap him up this coming auction.

  • sauaju on December 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Still no Dwayne Smith in the team!!!!!!!! Baffling!!!!!!!

  • looshan on December 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    In reply to Georgetown1 post, I have not read the article you speak of by Anil Kumble but there is an interesting article by Tony Cozier on nationnews.com about an underreported news piece. It concerns the recent hire by the WICB of Richard Pybus an Englishman,'pit bull ' type, who's position will be director of cricket. Pybus supposedly will oversee the reformation of West Indies cricket beginning from the school level. According to TC, he has had success in Pakistan and other places where worked, but his aggressive style has had him at odds with authorities in those places as well. Maybe the board is finally committed to reversing the trend in West Indies cricket.

  • on December 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    what do you call a better batsman than a keeper when walton gets his oppertunity he has to make big runs not 20s and 30s but 60s 70 s and 80s thats what you call a good batsman

  • looshan on December 25, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Give Leon Johnson a look, he is a very talented youngster, and could play well in the absence of Samuels. The WICB brought hired an Englishman called Richard Prybus to shake up things in West Indies cricket, he did a great job in Pakistan developing young talent from the school boy level. He is a pit bull type but knows the game, his position is director of cricket. Will be meeting Gibson and Sammy after the NZ tour.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 24, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Chanderpaul was rank in the ICC ODI , as the 3rd highest ODI batsman in the world and the best ODI batsman in the West Indies, then they drop him from the ODI team, Ramdin just made 107 at a strike rate of 72.29 in the last test, and is the best keeper in the West Indies, he is not good enough for the ODI team. You have two good hope in the batting line up for the ODI, but you would not play them. The selectors is part of West Indies problem!!!!

  • on December 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Abdool Majeed, you clearly don't like the man else you would have done some homework. Maybe you you should check his stats when he was with England or maybe you should realize that Sammy & Gibson got the most test wins in a row for quite a while even when we had Lara and Gayle as captain and better teams we lost badly. Remember the 47 all out at Sabina? If you don't like the man thats of but as least get your facts straight before you try and destroy the man. Some of us actually know the facts. You seem to want great results with players that are weak mentally.

  • JoshFromJamRock on December 24, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Gayle allowed Brathwaite, Shillingford allowed Narine in, and hopefully Sarwan is finally recalled for Samuels

    A couple things I hope to happen

    1) Powell, Brathwaite, Edwards & Bravo as batting nucleus for the next 7 yrs 2) Shiv playing until end of 2014 3) Sarwan recalled and playing until end of 2015 4) Gayle quitting Tests before being recalled 5) Russell drafted in to fill the #6 spot as the batting allrounder who bowls at good pace 6) Roach, Rampaul, Holder & Narine as bowling nucleus for the next 5yrs 7) Cummings in as first choice backup pacer 8) Permaul kept as the backup spinner 9) Best discarded for good 10) Gabriel & Cotterell going back to the HPC for a couple years. 11) Ramdin staying as 1st choice Keeper for at least 3 more yrs & made captain 12) Walton drafted in & playing whenever Ramdin isn't available. 13) Sammy should be dropped but made captain for T20 and ODIs

    Just my ideas of course, but we all agree that the captain, coach & selectors need to be changed 1st

  • satspeare on December 24, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @wirus totally understand your point - what is missing is that our selectors are operating as if they don't have a clue about this. if its a wicket-keeper they need then why not Shiv (ave 41) or Sarwan (ave 42) or even Barath (ave 30)? the former two has strike rate in the 70's and the latter in the 60's. we need batsmen who can hold the batting together. very disappointed with no Santokie or Russel. my team (16 in the squad):- 1 Powell 2 Charles (wk) 3 Edwards 4 DM Bravo 5 Simmons 6 DJ Bravo (c) 7 Sammy 8 Narine 9 Rampaul 10 Miller 11 Holder if no Rampaul then I'll have Deonarine or Ramdin ahead of Walton. we need someone to share the new ball with Holder and yes , NOT Best - not after the last 2 series. Bringing in Shiv would go a far way to help offset the void left with no Gayle,Pollard & Samuels. GOOD LUCK WEST INDIES. Here's hoping that this one day series starts our pay back!!

  • on December 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    bravo and gibson lamenting Samuels absence from the odi and t20 is an indication that west indian cricket is in the wrong hands. Samuels is not performing and his absence is a blessing. how come Gibson and Bravo does not realise that. it's sad that our cricket is in the wrong hands.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Andre Russell and Santokie should also be in short format squad surely ? Santokie would have really enjoyed these NZ conditions and gives the left arm variation. I hope they are included for the T20's at least as they were the stand out guys in the CPL. Santokie has been the best T20 bowler 2 years running ! it's funny W.I don't want to recognise him but I bet an IPL side will snap him up this coming auction.

  • sauaju on December 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Still no Dwayne Smith in the team!!!!!!!! Baffling!!!!!!!

  • looshan on December 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    In reply to Georgetown1 post, I have not read the article you speak of by Anil Kumble but there is an interesting article by Tony Cozier on nationnews.com about an underreported news piece. It concerns the recent hire by the WICB of Richard Pybus an Englishman,'pit bull ' type, who's position will be director of cricket. Pybus supposedly will oversee the reformation of West Indies cricket beginning from the school level. According to TC, he has had success in Pakistan and other places where worked, but his aggressive style has had him at odds with authorities in those places as well. Maybe the board is finally committed to reversing the trend in West Indies cricket.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 24, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Good luck to Walton he can make a name for himself here. I still feel Dwayne Smith and Shiv should be playing as there is 0 experience in this W,I side.

  • wizzla on December 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    walton a wicket keeper is a better batsman NOW than 70% of the current team. he will prove it.

  • Georgetown1 on December 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    The main reason why WI team and fans have been in position for the last twenty years is and has always been the selectors and the coach. These players do not pick themselves. The selectors are not held responsible nor accountable to anyone. What is needed presently is an impartial investigation into the WICB and the results made public. It is only then that WICB would somewhat think that they need to perform or reform for the betterment of the WI team and it's loyal fans/supporters. Also, presently there are no incentives or properly organized/run programs for the younger generations to be encourage into Cricket in the WI. Cricket is competing with other sports and until the WICB changes it's attitude, WI cricket will continue to be poor. The WICB should read Cricinfo article with Anil Kumble and just maybe there will be some insights.

  • CricketChat on December 24, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Based on current form, WI shouldn't miss Samuels. Chance for other players to show what they are made of.

  • on December 24, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Please Recall Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan he is a great player and at least give me chance for 7 to 10 odi

  • on December 24, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    West Indies biggest problem is Gibson and the Selectors.I don't know why he ain't return home yet.If he has a conscience he should have return home .No coach in the history of the game has remained in place with such demoralising and failing stats.I understand Roach is injured well so they say, but I see Roach around and he looks okay to me, but what about Fidel Edwards, Santokie and others.I do not know why the are persisting with Best, because whenever he get three wickets is when he already give away 100 runs or more and Gabriel well he looks like he can only bowl in the West Indies Sammy will kill any spinner. How can you have your Mystery bowler bowl 36 overs on the trot, the same way he destroy Bishoo is the same way he will destroy Naraine.Try Deonaraine and mix it up. Gibson is one coach that never impress me. Can someone give me fact or anything where Gibsom impress them

  • anver777 on December 24, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Another big blow for WI... without their few key players like Gayle, Pollard & now Marlon in ODI's is a tough task against Kiwis !!!! whatever we like see a closely contested series !!!!

  • wirus on December 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    A batsman goes home injured so he is replaced by...wait for it - a wicketkeeper. Even NZ are bored with this ridiculous and pointless tour.

  • on December 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Best of luck

  • on December 24, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    He should have returned home from the beginning....

  • trinifacts on December 24, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    there are a few west indies players who can make a big difference in the ODI team but are not selected...... Chanderpaul,Ramnaresh Sarwan, Andre Russel, and newcomer Santokie who bowls like Chaminda Vaas.......incidentally Russel and Santokie were both players of the tournament in the recent CLT20

  • on December 24, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Please recall shiv he can bat 50 overs

  • rayinto on December 24, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Perfect opportunity to recallChanderpaul to the one day side! Please!

  • on December 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Seems like this would have been an ideal spot to try kevon Cooper .

  • on December 24, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    the whole team should return home

  • on December 24, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    the west indies selectors only select a bats or a baller when they are out of form.

  • shawnboomboomdeodat on December 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    why the replacement cannot be Dwyne Smith or Andrae Russel?? What have these guys done to the selectors? WI are not picking their best team and they will have a hard time winning matches. does the selectors look at cricket??

  • ARJa on December 24, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Won't really make a difference. Not like his big head could have fit into the helmet anyway. He is back to his usual carefree arogant self. Good that he is not in the team.

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  • ARJa on December 24, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Won't really make a difference. Not like his big head could have fit into the helmet anyway. He is back to his usual carefree arogant self. Good that he is not in the team.

  • shawnboomboomdeodat on December 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    why the replacement cannot be Dwyne Smith or Andrae Russel?? What have these guys done to the selectors? WI are not picking their best team and they will have a hard time winning matches. does the selectors look at cricket??

  • on December 24, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    the west indies selectors only select a bats or a baller when they are out of form.

  • on December 24, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    the whole team should return home

  • on December 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Seems like this would have been an ideal spot to try kevon Cooper .

  • rayinto on December 24, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Perfect opportunity to recallChanderpaul to the one day side! Please!

  • on December 24, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Please recall shiv he can bat 50 overs

  • trinifacts on December 24, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    there are a few west indies players who can make a big difference in the ODI team but are not selected...... Chanderpaul,Ramnaresh Sarwan, Andre Russel, and newcomer Santokie who bowls like Chaminda Vaas.......incidentally Russel and Santokie were both players of the tournament in the recent CLT20

  • on December 24, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    He should have returned home from the beginning....

  • on December 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Best of luck