West Indies news October 16, 2012

System didn't back me in the past - Samuels

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Marlon Samuels has said he didn't get the selectors' backing in the first decade of his career even though he had some good runs with the bat. Samuels has experienced a revival in his career after being reinstated in the team in 2011, culminating in the Man-of-the-Match winning performance in the World Twenty20 final earlier this month.

"I will insist that I wasn't allowed to [live up to my potential]," Samuels told the Indian Express. "I have had some good runs with the bat in the past too. But the system back home didn't let me build on them. I wasn't selected consistently enough."

"They're trying to back me again since my return. That's what they should have done back in 2002. Nevertheless, it's never too late. I am a survivor. A fighter. And once the sun rises from the darkness, the rainbow I see is red, green and gold."

Samuels was banned for two years in 2008 for "receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute". Before the suspension, his average crossed the 30-mark only in ODIs. In the thirteen Tests since his return, he has averaged 50.25 and has also improved his ODI and Twenty20 averages. He has struck three centuries in all formats since his return.

His stony-faced appearance too has been one of the constant features, and he admitted that he still carries the "a lot of anger" for the two-year ban. "I carry it with me. It helps to motivate me. It stems from the two years I was away. I've had a wonderful run across all three formats since my return," he said.

"When you see my face on the field, and I look angry, that means I am really focused. I am in my zone then. Once the match is over, I love to have a drink or two and laugh a lot. Chris [Gayle] and I sit around and talk a lot of rubbish. All day long, and all night long. But once I cross the ropes, and get onto the field it's war," he said, adding that the bigger change has been of his mindset rather than his game.

"There's not much I have changed about my cricket. It's the mindset that has changed. I have had many ups and downs, and I have fought through.

"If I wasn't strong enough, I would have given up the game a long time back. And now the time is here to express myself in the best way possible. I am playing free cricket and that's what is helping me now."

He said that he is aware of his responsibilities in the team and that is to contruct a base for the middle-order.

"It's all about picturising every situation possible on the eve of the match. Good and bad. So that when you face them during the match, you are ready to overcome them. I call it playing the game before it starts."

"Having a daughter was one of the best things that could have happened to me. That's taught me how precious this life is. But being a senior member of the team has helped immensely.

West Indies tour Bangladesh next month where they play two Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    now we get new CEO Sarwan and Taylor should be back in west indies team

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @Metman try not to used 'statistics' to make quantitative analyses only. I named three players who played in the same era. They are from INDA, SL and WI. So omitting these three countries take the remainding test playing nations or just AUS, PAK, ENG, SA. Then take a sample of 5 tests matches for each of the named players against the same teams if possible or apply some ranking for 'similarity' then perform a QUALITATIVE analyses of the three players. Statistics is one of my majors and for someone who always quote figures you must be aware of the phrase LIES, DAMN LIES and STATISTICS. Samuel would not bat against an average WI attack over the period concerned, Dilshan would not play against a Murili in his prime..This is my case for comparing apples with pears. I hope you understand how STATISTICS and various techniques can help you make decisions.

  • POSTED BY CricShanghai on | October 19, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    With the ICC T20 tittle, WI team will be thoughtfully viewed as a serious contender especially in shorter format of the game in future. We have had a glimpse of Viv-Lloyd era's WI as we witnessed their individual skills consolidated into a winning unit of the WI team. On the lighter side, Gayle has popularized the 'Gangnam Style' I think the singer should thank him by voluntarily visit the Caribbean for a free championship celebration concert. Have you seen before any sports-music combination made so viral and popular on the field? I can imagine now, the Gayle-Style celebration will be copied on cricket fields around the world, if they have not already happening! Why not espncricinfo run 'Your G-style celebration' video where cricket lovers submit videos in celebration of cricket can do the game a whole lot of good. Remember 'Mexican-wave', let's do something for cricket, people!

  • POSTED BY Dr_Zeus on | October 19, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    How comes Cricinfo.com has no postings of the matches of this tour?....Does that mean that they are not official matches, or that they have no importance?...I'm confused here...

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 18, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @delboy...yes indeed ! Nurse and Samuels comparison ,is like apples and pears when one compares two or more persons,one usually looks for close to or similar characteristics.Samuels 42 tests..av.34.97 4 centuries...Clyde Walcott 44 tests av.56.58,15 centuries.You seem to think that Samuels is all that great that you you want to compare him with Laxman...134 tests..av..45.97,.17 centuries...Dilshan 81 tests,av.41.21 and Sachin 190 tests,av 55.08,..51 centuries...yet you don't find that is like chalk and cheese.Furthermore Nurse av. 47.1 in 29 tests and Rowe 43.55 in 30 tests,were by far also better batsmen than Samuels. I don't know how you could read what Samuels said and interpret that way.Samuels played for the WI EVERY year from 2000 to 2003,yet he is saying that the selectors didn't back him in 2002,the only year that he didn't play for them was in 2004,and was playing AGAIN from 2004 to the time he was banned..yet he blames the selectors.. he was also a very indisciplined player

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 18, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @delboy-I do endorse that but until test cricket fades out it will have to be played and played by those who are available at the time.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 18, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @thesolidrock Market forces will decide. The US generates more cricket revenue than the Caribbean for the game although it is not that regions main sport. The T20 format is more attractive sponsors and the paying public and as less people are able to afford to attend matches in the Caribbean or just cannot be bothered because their team does not ALWAYS win then the global game has to go with the market and players go where they can ply their trade (EARN A LIVING are VALUED or ARE WANTED).

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 18, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @SirViv1973-I do understand. I believe though that just as the world had to make adjustments during the Kerry Packer days they are going to have to make adjustments now. They are going to have develop a greater pool of high quality international players. T20 leagues are popping up all over the world and if territorial boards can't play test cricket until there is a break in the t20 schedule I'm afraid that there will be little or no test cricket in the future.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 18, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @Metman do not compare apples with pears. The game has moved on from when Nurse played. You may want to compare Samuel with Laxman, Dilshan or even Tendulkar who like him started his career as a teenager. Samuel's statement is easily misinterpreted from a semantics perspective. I think he is saying when you spot a talent, you nurture it, so the times when he was out of the side the board should have sought opportunities to allow him to develop; rather than left feeling discarded.

    And even worst during his ban knowing that he came into the game a 17 and would have opted out of his formal education to play for the WI; did the board consider helping him to resume any form of study which prepares him for life after cricket??

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Samuels is the best batsman on WI team barnon,somewhere I read his desire to bat no 4 and should not be used as defensive assurance at no.6 in my opinion, as a testiment to this mans talents I thaught he was done when they banned him he has a mind of steel (he is also a fortis) KC old boy. underated bowler too ,I hate to say this but those in WI cricket who failed to give him benefit of doubt may have focused him much more it came too easy to and for him played for WI at 17 yr. old as school boy shades of genius.another player being wronged is Bharat too much talent not to nurture,right/left opening pair premium

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    now we get new CEO Sarwan and Taylor should be back in west indies team

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @Metman try not to used 'statistics' to make quantitative analyses only. I named three players who played in the same era. They are from INDA, SL and WI. So omitting these three countries take the remainding test playing nations or just AUS, PAK, ENG, SA. Then take a sample of 5 tests matches for each of the named players against the same teams if possible or apply some ranking for 'similarity' then perform a QUALITATIVE analyses of the three players. Statistics is one of my majors and for someone who always quote figures you must be aware of the phrase LIES, DAMN LIES and STATISTICS. Samuel would not bat against an average WI attack over the period concerned, Dilshan would not play against a Murili in his prime..This is my case for comparing apples with pears. I hope you understand how STATISTICS and various techniques can help you make decisions.

  • POSTED BY CricShanghai on | October 19, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    With the ICC T20 tittle, WI team will be thoughtfully viewed as a serious contender especially in shorter format of the game in future. We have had a glimpse of Viv-Lloyd era's WI as we witnessed their individual skills consolidated into a winning unit of the WI team. On the lighter side, Gayle has popularized the 'Gangnam Style' I think the singer should thank him by voluntarily visit the Caribbean for a free championship celebration concert. Have you seen before any sports-music combination made so viral and popular on the field? I can imagine now, the Gayle-Style celebration will be copied on cricket fields around the world, if they have not already happening! Why not espncricinfo run 'Your G-style celebration' video where cricket lovers submit videos in celebration of cricket can do the game a whole lot of good. Remember 'Mexican-wave', let's do something for cricket, people!

  • POSTED BY Dr_Zeus on | October 19, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    How comes Cricinfo.com has no postings of the matches of this tour?....Does that mean that they are not official matches, or that they have no importance?...I'm confused here...

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 18, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @delboy...yes indeed ! Nurse and Samuels comparison ,is like apples and pears when one compares two or more persons,one usually looks for close to or similar characteristics.Samuels 42 tests..av.34.97 4 centuries...Clyde Walcott 44 tests av.56.58,15 centuries.You seem to think that Samuels is all that great that you you want to compare him with Laxman...134 tests..av..45.97,.17 centuries...Dilshan 81 tests,av.41.21 and Sachin 190 tests,av 55.08,..51 centuries...yet you don't find that is like chalk and cheese.Furthermore Nurse av. 47.1 in 29 tests and Rowe 43.55 in 30 tests,were by far also better batsmen than Samuels. I don't know how you could read what Samuels said and interpret that way.Samuels played for the WI EVERY year from 2000 to 2003,yet he is saying that the selectors didn't back him in 2002,the only year that he didn't play for them was in 2004,and was playing AGAIN from 2004 to the time he was banned..yet he blames the selectors.. he was also a very indisciplined player

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 18, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @delboy-I do endorse that but until test cricket fades out it will have to be played and played by those who are available at the time.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 18, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @thesolidrock Market forces will decide. The US generates more cricket revenue than the Caribbean for the game although it is not that regions main sport. The T20 format is more attractive sponsors and the paying public and as less people are able to afford to attend matches in the Caribbean or just cannot be bothered because their team does not ALWAYS win then the global game has to go with the market and players go where they can ply their trade (EARN A LIVING are VALUED or ARE WANTED).

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 18, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @SirViv1973-I do understand. I believe though that just as the world had to make adjustments during the Kerry Packer days they are going to have to make adjustments now. They are going to have develop a greater pool of high quality international players. T20 leagues are popping up all over the world and if territorial boards can't play test cricket until there is a break in the t20 schedule I'm afraid that there will be little or no test cricket in the future.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 18, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @Metman do not compare apples with pears. The game has moved on from when Nurse played. You may want to compare Samuel with Laxman, Dilshan or even Tendulkar who like him started his career as a teenager. Samuel's statement is easily misinterpreted from a semantics perspective. I think he is saying when you spot a talent, you nurture it, so the times when he was out of the side the board should have sought opportunities to allow him to develop; rather than left feeling discarded.

    And even worst during his ban knowing that he came into the game a 17 and would have opted out of his formal education to play for the WI; did the board consider helping him to resume any form of study which prepares him for life after cricket??

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Samuels is the best batsman on WI team barnon,somewhere I read his desire to bat no 4 and should not be used as defensive assurance at no.6 in my opinion, as a testiment to this mans talents I thaught he was done when they banned him he has a mind of steel (he is also a fortis) KC old boy. underated bowler too ,I hate to say this but those in WI cricket who failed to give him benefit of doubt may have focused him much more it came too easy to and for him played for WI at 17 yr. old as school boy shades of genius.another player being wronged is Bharat too much talent not to nurture,right/left opening pair premium

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 18, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Is it possible to talk yourself up any more Marlon? You should write a book titled "Why I am so Great - The Marlon Samuels Story" I'm sure it will be a best seller in your house.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    The Ipl is being carried by the overseas players but only CA & CSA have the economic power to ask their players to go on national duty instead of -playing in this t20 circus. Their players also have a greater recent history of excellence in real cricket so they would be more motivated to overlook Ipl. what The ECB should be doing is scheduling their key series versus Australia & South Africa to clash with the Ipl that would make sense than having series vs West Indies , Bangladesh, New Zealand & then they have the audacity to complain about the quality of the cricket / opposition when the key players seek to go to India to earn more money than their board can afford them. and for much less work at that

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | October 17, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @thesolidrock, In an idea world Test cricket the purest form of the game should never be exchanged for T20s or ODis but to be fair to the board I'm not sure they had much choice other than to cancel the Tests against SRL. The problem is that although WI could still have fielded a team with 7 or 8 first choice players most of the SRL play in the IPL and their central contracts allow them to do so which would have meant practically a SRL A Team touring. There was also no prospect of trying to rearrange the tests due to the already excessive int calender.

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 17, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    @SirViv1973-Point taken.Let me say that for WICB to cancel a test series because of the IPL shows the boards continued excellence in the pathetic. None of the West Indies test bowling attack plays in the IPl with the exception of Narine. There are suitable replacements for Narine in Shillingford,Permaul and Kantasingh. Therefore from a bowling standpoint there is no need toor cancel a test match. Of the batsmen only Gayle, Samuels and Darren Bravo are missing and in the case of Samuels and Darren Bravo as is the case with Russel they sit on the bench most of the time so as far as I am concerned its in their best interest to play for West Indies. That makes three batsmen missing. Darren Bravo has done nothing for the year. Against Austrailia he was hardly present and against England was even worse and against New Zealand the only series we won he did not play because of injury. That leaves 2 significant players. West Indies should never postpone a test series for 2 players.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | October 17, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @thesolidrock, I don't agree that the players will have to choose between WI and IPL. I think the WICB has more or less admitted defeat. The series sch for May with SRl has been cancelled and will be replaced with a short ODI tri series with Ind joining. I think the WICB realise they cant stop top players choosing the IPL so the answer will be to play less tests & not sch any games during the IPL. WI only have 6 tests sch between Aug 12 & Nov 13. Without the best players available I think the board know it will be tough to compete with the better test sides and I expect a lot of T20 & ODI cricket to be played where they probably feel the team has better chance of doing well. Going 4ward I suspect they will try to arrange a short home series before the IPL in march and another 2/3 match series in Jun/Jul, this will be backed up by just 1 overseas test series a yr. So they will probably only play 6 -8 tests per 12 month period, Its sad for test cricket but inevitable in today's climate.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Excellent posts by Metman (as usual), Beertjie, Blackie & Simonviller. Samuels batted at #3 in the recent WT20 tournament and I see no reason why he wouldn't continue in this position in Tests. Do those that keep harping for the return of Taylor up to date on what he has been doing cricket-wise in the last 6 months or so? If not, it's foolish to clamor for his return, even for a fine bowler as he's been. I think we should be looking at Cotterrell, Gabriel, Holder & Johnson, all under 25 with promising futures. Sarwan is a good batsman though somewhat of an underachiever with a Test average of barely 40. But at the southern end of 32, he's not one for the long-term. Furthermore, we have good batsmen such as the ever-reliable Chanders, Bravo, Edwards, Fudadin, Deonarine. Also, there's a young Bajan batman named Kyle Hope who looks the part for the future. But it's early yet and we wouldn't want to force-ripe or fast track him into the team. I think we should be ruthless against Bang.

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 17, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @Meety-I do understand your point. It is very valid. However our players will have to choose. You can't have your cake and eat it. West Indies need to develop a pool of good disciplined players. We have enough talent in the region to do it. Once that is done when certain players are in the IPL and other leagues making their money during the same time when West Indies are playing we will still be able to put out a competitive team.

  • POSTED BY blackie on | October 17, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Marlon Samuels was always a batsman of great potential. Since his return however, he has turned potential into fantastic production. Like many people, I never liked what appeared to be his stubborn and selfish attitude. Rather than mouthing off, he should be glad that with such a low batting average, a ban for questionable activities and a bowling ban, he was actually recalled to the senior team. Samuels' comments show that like many players, he believes he is owed something by West Indies cricket. Even though it appears to be working for him at present, someone who he would listen to should tell him that anger is a negative and potentially damaging emotion to harbor.

  • POSTED BY JermanSoldier on | October 17, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @mrhamilton The past, i mean are the contributions of sarwan, his later lack of form, omission from the team and some unwanted criticism against his attitude towards fitness and commitment to playing. The last 18 months as you mentioned, has been fruitfull for wi in all formats. But that doesnt mean such a talented and experienced player can be forgotten forever.mx views are based on the fact that sarwan, even after a successfull english county season, was not considered for being called back to the wi squad, or even looked up to resolve issues with the wicb. It seems the wicb, coach and support staff doesnt want him in the quad anymore. Samuals comeback has been fantastic and with out him this world cup win would have been impossible and the test series win against nz difficult.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 17, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    @thesolidrock on (October 16 2012, 21:40 PM GMT) - whilst I agree with what you are saying on one hand, on the other hand, Ozzy cricketers have central contracts that are very good compensation, whereas the WIndies are amongst the lower paid cricketers with central contracts. The LURE of the IPL & Champ League is not as strong for an Ozzy cricketer as after a couple of years of being on a central contract, they are set up fairly well. I have empathy for the fact that the main money that the WI players make is when NOT playing for their country!

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | October 16, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Why is the " best batsman in the team " according to some ,not batting at no 3 instead of the inexperienced Edwards and Bravo ? The system is backing you now Samuels , ask to be moved up to firing line !! You can help to build a foundation for the middle order from there ,you can more often bat through the innings .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | October 16, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    For Samuels to say that he didn't get the selectors' backing is totally false ,given his average prior to his suspension . Would he like to be selected for every match ,despite his lack of productivity ? ..... To those who are calling for Taylor and Sarwan ; when was last time Taylor represented his country as a player ? Why was Sarwan left out of the team ? In addition to these questionable reasons ,discipline and attitude also plays a part . Something which so many of us have a problem with .

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 16, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Austrailia called Watson back from the Champions league. I wonder if West Indies had call back one of their players how that would have gone down. It is that type of discipline from their players that caused Austrailia to be number one for so long.

  • POSTED BY thesolidrock on | October 16, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    The discipline that coach gibson and the WICB has insisted upon is what has made Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle and the others into a much improved cricket team. Had this discipline been demanded during the days of Brian Lara and his teams west indies cricket would not have suffered so much.

  • POSTED BY Dav1daKing on | October 16, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    if west indies truly select their best team putting all issues behind the 15 man test squad would look like 1.Gayle, 2.Powell, 3.Sarwan, 4.D.M. Bravo, 5.Samuels, 6.Chanderpaul, 7.Ramdin, 8.Taylor, 9.Roach, 10.Rampaul, 11.Narine. (12th man.Fudadin, 13.D. Johnson, 14.Deonarine, 15.Permaul)

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Even the casual cricket fans knows that Samuels has been blessed by the Lord GOD Almighty his maker, with natural cricket ability. Up to the last few series, his problem has been an overall lack of discipline, inconsistency, poor attitude and what I call, a prima donna mentality. Based on excellent performances in all forms of the game since the recent tour to England, he seems to have matured as player and human being. I believe a claim can be made that he is the best WI batsman at present based on runs scored and the elegant manner in which he makes them. I'm happy for him. Hope he continues in the same vein until he hangs up his boots. However, for Samuels to say that the system didn't back him in terms of non-selection isn't fair, in my view. He must remember that they never gave up on him entirely and as soon as he started making runs on a frequent basis, he was back in the team, presumably until the end of his career barring injury or poor form. He's now an automatic selection.

  • POSTED BY ArmyJim on | October 16, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I was very impressed with Marlon Samuels, very impressed indeed. I love watching 'windies play and I think and hope we will see them playing in the top 5 in all formats soon. This will of course depend on the WICB sorting itself out.

    Well done Windies and as an Englishman I watched every game you played with bated breath and anticipation.

  • POSTED BY pealivi on | October 16, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Happy for Marlon. He is one of the best players in any format at this time...batting is world class. Yes, Sarwan has to be better man-managed! Would love to see him back in the side! Taylor is another one who should be playing. Let bygones be bygones; let's get the best possible side out! Taylor, Roach and Rampaul could do damage anywhere!! Good luck WI, hope you build on your recent success!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | October 16, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Samuels is one of the most destructive batsmen around today, and he seems to pick the gap at cover every time, a mark of his skill along with his form. Hope he continues his run for many years to come.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    My only problem with this is the talking.....West Indies are not number 1, 2, or three in the world...we might feel confident after winning the 20/20 World cup but there is so much more work to do....let the bat and ball speak for you...Now he is saying that the selectors did not give him a "chance"....but isnt it a fact that he was back into the team after he was suspended for 2 years....If that is not a chance i dont know what is...Please guys u still have much more work to do....stop talking.....

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | October 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    from what i always thought was just a slogger, hes turned his game round and would put him in the top 5 of batters this calender year, and his bowling has put him as a very important member of WIs teamr.

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | October 16, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Marlon is the best and most consistent batsman by far in this WI team. He should be captain instead of Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    we need to fit jerome taylor and sarwan into the team to add to the talent that is there. we have the team to go top 3 in odis. test team still needs more work

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | October 16, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    "I wasn't selected consistently enough." Just how long can one be backed, Marlon? Your talent has never been questioned, but your ability to maximize it was rightfully questioned - hence your omissions over the years. I'm really thrilled to see your new-found determination to succeed. Also very sorry for the way you were treated in 2008!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    From the days I first saw Samuels, I always believed that he is the laziest cricketer in the filed. He has got lot of potential; not just 'lot of', but very huge potential as a batsman. I cannot guarantee on his bowling in the same way. I believed that he would some day become a Lara for the West Indies. But recently I heard people mention him as the new Viv for the WI. But to me there is and will not be anybody to replace VIV. Sorry.

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | October 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @jermansoldier nobody is saying the past is forgotten just because samuels got 1 man of the match award in t20 world finals. What is being said is that Samuels averages 50.25 in 13 tests since his return. For you to criticise the present WICB and that of the last 2 years is nonsense. The team was a t20 team. But the test team is coming along well the last 18 months in large part to gibson & sammy and the new team attitude of pride and fight, and gayle, samuels have repented and are now playing to their true level. Sadly sarwan does not fit in. His form was pathetic when he was dropped which was for form reasons and since than his attitude has been to mouth off in the press. A team of Gayle, powell,Bravo jnr,Samuels, Chanderpaul,Bravo snr,Sammy, Ramdin,Best, Roach,Narine and youngsters like pollard,bishoo on standby i truly think if a single genuine fast bowler of skill can emerge to partner roach, and a genuine quality batsman emerges to fill number 6 than the windies are a top 5 side

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 16, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    "I didn't get the selectors backing in the first decade of his career,even though he had some good runs with the bat "...NONSENSE !...between 2000 when he made his debut ,and just before his ban in 2008,he played 39 tests,batted 68 times and had an av.of 29.4,with 2 centuries......and he says they were good runs.....only in 2004 did he not represent the WI,yet he says he didn't get the selectors backing.Every one who has been following his career,knows that his attitude and mindset were a BIG problem BEFORE the ban. Since he returned EVERYTHING about him has CHANGED,and I ,like many others ,were stunned at his about change in attitude ,first and foremost....but it is absolutely wrong for him to say that he didn't get the selectors backing before the ban,when there is ample evidence to the contrary.Seymore Nurse in 29 tests had an av.of 47.60 with 6 centuries and 10 fifties.

  • POSTED BY Bluntman on | October 16, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    You can definitely see the raise in intensity since his return. Not just in his batting, but in off-field interviews as well. This man means business....watch out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Sarwan needs to take a page out of Samuels' book here. He needs to get lots of runs in next year Red Strip Tournament and come back mentally stronger and fitter for the no 3 spot.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Please bring back Ramnaresh Sarwan to this side he is needed to strengthen this wi team these selectors are horrible at their job and must be fired...

  • POSTED BY true.trini on | October 16, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    wi selectors need to put wi cricket first and get sarwan back playing in wi colours, he is too good a batsman not to be playing, selectors need to realise that we don't have an abundance of world class batsmen, they keep alienating the few that can reasonably claim to be (a la gayle, chanders, sarwan). also while in the last year or so i have gradually given alot more respect to d.sammy, i think the time has come for the wi to pick their best four bowlers for test cricket and in my humble opinion i don"t think he falls in that category, his batting has improved more than his bowling, he has done a reasonable job in moulding the players into something resembling a team but i think the team needs to move on, i have no problem with him retaining his place on the limited overs teams though. in conclusion, congrats to marlon samuels on some great performances, continue to make us west indians proud!!!

  • POSTED BY lokeshguts on | October 16, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    What an article...... well said my Samules..... a great come back and a wonderful knock in Final Match.......... Knocking Lasith (Malinga), the wonderful Yorkers were turned down to Sixez and fours...... all the best for your future.....

  • POSTED BY number-09 on | October 16, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I like these comments. A lot can be said for maturity.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Exactly what did Samules mean when he said " System did'nt back me in the past " . I totally agree with him on saying that " his mindset has changed " . We the cricket "purest" always knew that his stroke play is "Silky-smooth" .

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Samuels has an awesome amount of talent which i would never have guessed at before the tour of England. His timing is very special. One of the classier players i have seen in a while.

  • POSTED BY JermanSoldier on | October 16, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Well written and relevant article at this point of time. Samuals has come back strongly. So has gayle. But wat about sarwan.? He is a classic example for a talented and spirited player being alienated by the wicb and the coach. Everything of the past cant be forgotten just because wi has won the wt20. They cant be victorious in tests with the same team. The coach must abandon his attitude of alienating every one who has an independent opinion that doesnt go along his way of thinking. 32 year old sarwan has lot of cricket left in him and a player of his class and spirit must not be sidelined for personal grudges of the coach and the wicb. Am sure Sarwan will come back strong like samuals once he is called back.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The West Indies selectors will never learn. The CAPTAIN an Senior players should take over the selectors job. How hard is it to pick the best players? instead of picking by favours. Marlon Samuels lucky he is playing. we thank god for that. the players should protest for R.Sarwan treatment he's getting. i support getting rid of west indies selectors and board. let the government of each an every single country of the caribbean appoint a new board.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    The WIBC handled this Marlon Samuels situation poorly and he has every right to be angry, especially when Richie Richardson, who headed the investigation on behalf of the WICB, stated that Marlon had done nothing wrong in his report. Richie's reputation as a former captain should have been acknowledged and Marlon given a hard dressing down for putting himself in that position. As far as a two year ban is concerned, its absolute rubbish

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Big up Marlon Samules a classy batsman we are glad to have u back in this West Indies squad!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Big up Marlon Samules a classy batsman we are glad to have u back in this West Indies squad!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    The WIBC handled this Marlon Samuels situation poorly and he has every right to be angry, especially when Richie Richardson, who headed the investigation on behalf of the WICB, stated that Marlon had done nothing wrong in his report. Richie's reputation as a former captain should have been acknowledged and Marlon given a hard dressing down for putting himself in that position. As far as a two year ban is concerned, its absolute rubbish

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The West Indies selectors will never learn. The CAPTAIN an Senior players should take over the selectors job. How hard is it to pick the best players? instead of picking by favours. Marlon Samuels lucky he is playing. we thank god for that. the players should protest for R.Sarwan treatment he's getting. i support getting rid of west indies selectors and board. let the government of each an every single country of the caribbean appoint a new board.

  • POSTED BY JermanSoldier on | October 16, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Well written and relevant article at this point of time. Samuals has come back strongly. So has gayle. But wat about sarwan.? He is a classic example for a talented and spirited player being alienated by the wicb and the coach. Everything of the past cant be forgotten just because wi has won the wt20. They cant be victorious in tests with the same team. The coach must abandon his attitude of alienating every one who has an independent opinion that doesnt go along his way of thinking. 32 year old sarwan has lot of cricket left in him and a player of his class and spirit must not be sidelined for personal grudges of the coach and the wicb. Am sure Sarwan will come back strong like samuals once he is called back.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Samuels has an awesome amount of talent which i would never have guessed at before the tour of England. His timing is very special. One of the classier players i have seen in a while.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Exactly what did Samules mean when he said " System did'nt back me in the past " . I totally agree with him on saying that " his mindset has changed " . We the cricket "purest" always knew that his stroke play is "Silky-smooth" .

  • POSTED BY number-09 on | October 16, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I like these comments. A lot can be said for maturity.

  • POSTED BY lokeshguts on | October 16, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    What an article...... well said my Samules..... a great come back and a wonderful knock in Final Match.......... Knocking Lasith (Malinga), the wonderful Yorkers were turned down to Sixez and fours...... all the best for your future.....

  • POSTED BY true.trini on | October 16, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    wi selectors need to put wi cricket first and get sarwan back playing in wi colours, he is too good a batsman not to be playing, selectors need to realise that we don't have an abundance of world class batsmen, they keep alienating the few that can reasonably claim to be (a la gayle, chanders, sarwan). also while in the last year or so i have gradually given alot more respect to d.sammy, i think the time has come for the wi to pick their best four bowlers for test cricket and in my humble opinion i don"t think he falls in that category, his batting has improved more than his bowling, he has done a reasonable job in moulding the players into something resembling a team but i think the team needs to move on, i have no problem with him retaining his place on the limited overs teams though. in conclusion, congrats to marlon samuels on some great performances, continue to make us west indians proud!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Please bring back Ramnaresh Sarwan to this side he is needed to strengthen this wi team these selectors are horrible at their job and must be fired...