It looks like all is not well between West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo and the spinning all-rounder Marlon Samuels. Earlier after the India tour was cancelled/abandoned by the West Indies player, Marlon Samuels the highest run scorer for Indies in that series had said that he never wanted to be part of the team’s plan to abandon the tour of India and he had also said that he had stayed away from most of the team meetings that took place in India.
Just a day later, Dwayne Bravo In an exclusive Interview had said that all correspondences sent and decision taken by the squad in India was “in consent with all the members of the squad”. Bravo also said that Samuels contributed to the discussion held and had indicated clearly, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team. He also said that Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of the meetings with the players on tour.
In the latest interview, Marlon Samuels has disagreed with Bravo’s statement. Samuels said, “No, I didn’t say I am going to stand by any decision.”
We had people in the room that didn’t say a thing. At the end of the day, I went there and asked my questions and I wasn’t satisfied (by the response). If I was satisfied then i would have been the first person to come out because I am an outspoken person, he said. Samuels also said that he was never against pulling out of the Tour, “This has nothing to do with India. This is our problem. So we finish the tour and go back to the Caribbean and settle our disputes there”
He also said, the relationship with India is too great. It is a wonderful relationship. You would never see an Indian player and a West Indian player exchanging harsh words with each other, it is like a family. If you look at the situation the real person to be blamed is Wavell Hinds, the WIPA president. He said, the public are being misled, they need to know the truth behind this pullout, but Bravo wasn’t willing to go out and do that.