Sa­muels out of Zimbabwe Tri-Na­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua (CMC): SEA­SONED RIGHT-HAN­DER Mar­lon Sa­muels is out of the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries start­ing in Zimbabwe later this month.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) an­nounced yes­ter­day that the 35-year-old had been re­placed in the 15-man squad by wick­et­keeper-bats­man Shane Dowrich for the Novem­ber 16-27 one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) tour­na­ment in­volv­ing Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe.

No rea­son was given for the Ja­maican’s with­drawal, but it comes on the heels of the news on Wed­nes­day that the player had re­jected the WICB’s of­fer of a cen­tral con­tract for the next year.

KEY MEM­BER

The move cast doubt over Sa­muels’s in­ter­na­tional ca­reer, es­pe­cially in light of his re­cent strug­gles in the se­ries against Pak­istan.

The el­e­gant right-han­der, how­ever, has been a key mem­ber of the ODI side of re­cent. He made two hun­dreds last year and was one of the lead­ing scor­ers in the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries in­volv­ing Aus­tralia and South Africa last June in the Caribbean, gath­er­ing 258 runs at an av­er­age of 36.

He struck a hun­dred against Aus­tralia in Bridgetown.

Sa­muels is one of two play­ers out of the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries as 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has also been re­placed by seamer Miguel Cum­mins.

Again, the WICB gave no rea­son for the change, but CMC Sports un­der­stands that Joseph has opted to re­turn to his na­tive An­tigua be­cause of an ill­ness in the fam­ily.

Joseph has played two ODIs – both in the re­cent three-match se­ries against Pak­istan in the United Arab Emi­rates, which the re­gional side lost by a 3-0 mar­gin.

Both Sa­muels and Joseph were also mem­bers of the squad which beat Pak­istan in by five wick­ets in the third and fi­nal Test in Shar­jah yes­ter­day.

Squad: Ja­son Holder (cap­tain), Sulie­man Benn, Car­los Brath­waite, Kraigg Brath­waite, Dar­ren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, John­son Charles, Miguel Cum­mins, Alzarri Joseph, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ash­ley Nurse, Rov­man Pow­ell.

SA­MUELS

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