Hurt by his omission from the ODI squad for the upcoming England series, West Indies’ Marlon Samuels has called out the cricket board, asking it to show the same level of loyalty that he has displayed towards the national side over the last 17 years.
The two-time World T20-winning batsman was left out of 15-man squad after choosing to play in the lucrative Pakistan Super League (PSL) instead of showing his commitment to West Indies’ regional tournament- Super 50 competition. Samuels, who has had his fare share of tussle with his cricket board in the past too, revealed he is contemplating a three-year Kolpak deal from Derbyshire.
“I’ve got a Kolpak deal on my plate which I’m contemplating,” he said in a television interview in Jamaica.
“It’s a three-year deal with Derbyshire. Worth probably 120,000-130,000 a year. The money is not the issue at the moment, I’ve been playing international cricket the last 17 years so have set myself the right way. This is about principle, about being loyal. I’ve been a loyal soldier for West Indies cricket and continue to play. I showed some loyalty, so I expect a bit of loyalty. I’m only the one from 2000 still here, sticking round and playing for the West Indies.”
According to West Indies Cricket Board’s current policy, a player is considered for selection in the team only after he plays the entire regional competition in that format. However, Samuels, citing the example of England skipper Eoin Morgan who would play in the upcoming series despite playing in the PSL, said the board should compromise in this matter.
“I’m not 20. You’re still telling me to miss out on everything. Why can’t you compromise?
“The rule they have doesn’t make any sense. You have to compromise. Eoin Morgan, the England captain, is playing in the PSL and then he goes to the Caribbean. Why can’t I do the same? Why play hard ball in everything?,” he added.
Meanwhile, if Samuels elects to go the Kolpak way, it might bring up a dangerous scenario for the WICB. Ravi Rampaul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards have already signed deals with the English counties and if the situation in the Caribbean does not improve then several players could move across the Atlantic for a stable career.