West Indies news September 29, 2011

Nash to skip domestic 50-over tournament

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brendan Nash, the West Indies batsman, has withdrawn from Jamaica's squad for next month's WICB 50-over competition, citing personal reasons. Courtnay Daley, chairman of Jamaica's selection committee, said Nash had informed the board of his decision in a letter.

"He [Nash] wrote to the Jamaica Cricket Association on Tuesday, asking that he be excused due to personal reasons," Daley told the Jamaica Gleaner. "He explained that he was undergoing a challenging period in his life, as his mind was not where he wanted it to be. Given these realities, he did not feel him being around would serve the team well at the moment.

"He is not retiring or anything like that. He just wants to take some time off and will be visiting his family in Australia."

Nash, 33, was named West Indies' vice-captain at the same time Darren Sammy took over the captaincy in October 2010. However, a poor run of form, during which he made only 54 runs in last six Test innings, resulted in him being dropped mid-way through the India series in June.