Here’s another twist in the tale to the controversy which is happening between the WIPA and the West Indies players.
Samules earlier had said in an interview to a Caribbean Radio Station that he is not accredited to the West Indies Players Association and he doesn’t want his concentration to go out of India tour. He wanted to focus and complete the tour.
Samuels told Power 104 FM that his priority was West Indies cricket. “Wavell Hinds (the WIPA president) cannot negotiate on behalf of me so I know that once I continued (to play), I just needed to finish this tour and then I would have asked questions,” Samuels said. “The main thing first was West Indies cricket; that is why I remained focused throughout everything.”
Samuels was the leading run scorer in the 3 match One day which were played before the abandonment came. He scored 254 runs. Samuels also cleared that he hardly attended meetings and his focus was more on playing cricket. “For most of those meetings, I was probably in my room ordering room service. I don’t go to those meetings,” Samuels said. “A lot of meetings were kept but I have no time for those meetings. My focus was just on playing some cricket.”
Having said that, Dwayne Bravo is not convinced with what Samuels said to the media. He said Samuels was an active participant in whatever meetings he attended and spoke vigorously. Bravo said “I note the comments attributed to Mr. Marlon Samuels from media reports and wish to state that Mr. Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of meetings with the players on tour. “We extended an invitation to Mr. Marlon Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA but was an interested party. Mr. Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team. I am therefore shocked to see the statements, if true, that have been attributed to Mr. Samuels.”
Bravo added that the decision to abandon the tour was made in concert with all the members of the team and wasn’t a sole decision made by himself. “I wish to state for the record that all correspondence sent and decisions taken were with the full agreement and consent of the players on tour including the current Test captain Mr. Denesh Ramdin and the T20 captain Mr. Darren Sammy. It was agreed that someone needed to correspond with WIPA after we were presented with the match/tour contract in India when it became evident that the terms and conditions were very different from what we were accustomed to and expected. The team members met and I, as captain, was nominated and accepted the responsibility to correspond on behalf of the players on tour and I will continue to do so as designated.”