West Indies news February 27, 2017

Derbyshire drop interest in Samuels

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Marlon Samuels has hit out at his treatment by the WICB © Getty Images

Derbyshire have announced that they are "no longer pursuing" a deal to bring Marlon Samuels to the club. Samuels revealed in an interview last week that he had been offered a contract "worth £120,000-130,000 a year" to sign as a Kolpak player for Derbyshire, while expressing his frustration with West Indies' selection policies.

Samuels was left out of the ODI squad for West Indies' series with England but was said to be reluctant to go down the Kolpak route, as it would bar him from international cricket. However, Derbyshire have now withdrawn their interest.

A statement on the club's website said: "Derbyshire can confirm it has been in contact with West Indies international Marlon Samuels and his agent regarding opportunities at the club.

"The club remains committed to exploring all options to strengthen the side ahead of the 2017 season. However, we have a number of routes available and, in view of recent events, the club is no longer pursuing Marlon Samuels."

Samuels, 36, was not selected for the England ODIs after opting to miss the majority of the WICB's Regional Super 50 competition in order to play in the Pakistan Super League. He was critical of the board for not showing more loyalty after a 17-year international career that has seem him play more than 300 times for West Indies.

"I've got a Kolpak deal on my plate which I'm contemplating," he said of the offer to play county cricket. "It's a three-year deal with Derbyshire. Worth probably £120,000-130,000 a year. The money is not the issue at the moment, I've been playing international cricket the last 17 years so have set myself the right way. This is about principle, about being loyal."

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  • adreanal on March 5, 2017, 13:54 GMT

    Good luck Samuels. You are such a difficult person to deal with. No wonder Derbyshire doesn't want to be bothered with you. Cricket is a gentleman's game and I don't think he got that as yet.

  • tappee74 on February 28, 2017, 20:16 GMT

    Some people are flexible,some are naturally nice and there are those whose complexity make it difficult for others to understand. Samuels I am sure falls in this complex category,besides,he has never been on top of his game. Full of potential,yet there has been no great harvest in his career. Test cricket for sure is not on his card. He is about average in ODI,and is yet to make a serious impression in 20/20.

  • PaddyRasta2 on February 28, 2017, 11:24 GMT

    Yes of course the disappointment of not being picked, particularly as he can now bowl. But he is showing himself to be a difficult individual to manage and Derbyshire changed their mind. Its their prerogative.

  • WolfberriesToo on February 28, 2017, 9:57 GMT

    Another Kolpak but this time he thankfully didn't take up the offer, Counties seem determined to destroy English cricket! I fear it will soon be like that abomination of the English Premier League in football, I despair how cricket is going with the increase of 20/20 cricket as well!

  • cricfan44810102 on February 27, 2017, 22:36 GMT

    Is anyone really surprised Derbyshire have dropped their interest in Marlon Samuels. He consistently disrepects individuals playing and watching cricket. Ie feet up in press conferences cussing and showing dissent on the cricket field.

  • nursery_ender on February 27, 2017, 20:31 GMT

    INSIDEHEDGE ON FEBRUARY 27, 2017, 15:44 GMT We will see many more Tymal Mills, he has no illusions of playing Tests or 50 overs cricket

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    That's only because of his back condition. Without that he would be busting a gut to make the Test side. At least that's the impression I get from interviews and his work for the BBC's county coverage (which he's very good at!)

  • InsideHedge on February 27, 2017, 15:44 GMT

    @MiandadFan : You forgot the SA T20 league which is about to undergo a major revamp and the NatWest T20 league is England which for the forthcoming season has a special time (mid summer) reserved, further there are proposals to bring franchise cricket to England.

    So, it's all T20 now. Just look at the Test Match crowd for the Pune Test Match, it was the 1st ever Test there, the locals were so excited that 500 showed up. OK, I readily admit there is a huge TV audience but for T20 it's TV PLUS good crowds. Besides, even a competitive game looks so dull when there's nary a spectator in the stands.

    We will see many more Tymal Mills, he has no illusions of playing Tests or 50 overs cricket. 50 over cricket will be considered LONG format & 5 day Tests something from a distant galaxy.

    We'll also see more examples of doping as power hitting will be in demand. In the end, we won't be able to readily differentiate between cricket and baseball.

  • MiandadFan on February 27, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    with all these leagues, PSL, IPL, CPL, Big Bash and BPL you can play T20 leagues 8-9 months out of the year earn over a million $ and never play 50 over or 4 and 5 day cricket. I think we will start seeing players retire after 7-8 years at the international circuit to pursue T20 cricket for another 5-6 years. Only England, Australia and India are immune from this and too some extent Pakistan as they are not welcome in IPL. all other nations will start seeing this more and more.

  • Qdzy on February 27, 2017, 14:42 GMT

    Is it possible for a professional cricketer to make all their living exclusively from T20 Leagues around the cricket circuit for the entire duration of their career. If so, then I predict in the next 5 to 10 years (maybe even sooner) there is going to be the emergence of players from many cricket nations who will do this.

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