Samuels to miss start of Four-day
KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Jamaica will be without West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels for the start of their regional first class campaign next Friday.
The right-hander has made himself unavailable for selection as he jets off to Bangladesh to play in the latest Twenty20 professional league where he will turn out for Duronto Rajshahi.
“Marlon advised the JCA (Jamaica Cricket Association) through team management that he would be going off to Bangladesh to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League and he would leave before the first game,” the Jamaica Observer quoted JCA secretary Fritz Harris as saying.
“As a result he is unavailable. He got the requisite permission from the WICB, so we have no problems there.”
The BPL bowls off on February 10th with Samuels’ Rajshahi featuring in the opening doubleheader.
Samuels plundered 853 runs in last year’s four-day championship, his first season for Jamaica following a two-year ban.
Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle has made himself available, however, and has been included in a 13-man squad for Friday’s game against Windward Islands at Sabina Park here.
The left-hander, controversially sidelined by West Indies selectors in recent months, is also contracted to play in the BPL where he will represent Barisal Burners.
Exciting all-rounder Andre Russell has also been named in the Jamaica squad despite also being contracted to turn out for Khulna Royal Bengal in the BPL.
Jamaica are four-time defending champions in the regional tournament.