West Indies cricket May 30, 2010

Door open for Samuels' comeback - Butts

Cricinfo staff

Chairman of selectors, Clyde Butts, has said that Jamaica batsman Marlon Samuels, who has finished serving his two-year ban, will be considered for West Indies selection if he performs at the domestic level.

"We all know Marlon Samuels can play cricket,' Butts told Trinidad and Tobago Express. "Certainly, for a man who has been out of cricket for two years, you would allow him to play some cricket, develop his game again and get back into form and, of course, he will be available to West Indies then.

"Marlon needs to come out and start playing some cricket, [and] we will probably see that in the regional T20 and the one-day series and who knows. If Marlon certainly shows that he still has it, I think he will be considered."

Samuels returned to action recently for Jamaica, playing in a 50-overs match and two Twenty20 games against USA in Florida. He had missed two seasons after he was banned in 2008 for breaching rules, relating to "receiving money, benefit or other reward which could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute". Samuels was punished by a West Indies Cricket Board disciplinary committee for discussing team information with Mukesh Kochar and later approaching him to pay a hotel bill.

Samuels has played 29 Tests and 107 one-day internationals for West Indies since making his international debut against Sri Lanka in 2000.

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