Kingston, Jamaica - West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash has withdrawn from Jamaica's squad for next month's West Indies Cricket Board Super50 Tournament, which will be held in Guyana.
The 33-year-old, who was expected to play a lead role in Jamaica's bid to claim their first regional 50-over title in four years, pulled out due to personal reasons.
According to Courtnay Daley, chairman of the national selection committee, Nash, who was dropped from the West Indies team towards the latter part of India's Caribbean tour earlier this year and was ignored for the West Indies' upcoming Tests and one-day international tours of Bangladesh and India, made his desire known via a letter yesterday.
The Jamaica Cricket Associa-tion (JCA) had named a 24-member squad to begin preparations for the Super50 on Monday.
"He (Nash) wrote to the JCA on Tuesday asking that he be excused due to personal reasons," said Daley.
"He explained that he was undergoing a challenging period in his life, as his mind was not where he wanted it to be and, given these realities, did not feel him being around would serve the team well at the moment," he added.
"He is not retiring or anything like that," added Daley. "He just wants to take some time off and will be visiting his family in Australia."
Nash was dropped after making one and nine in the first Test against India at Sabina Park in June. This followed relatively poor returns against touring Pakistan in the preceding Test series in which he made scores of 5, 3, 6 and 30.
He has so far represented the West Indies in 21 Tests and has an average of 33.42, including two centuries and eight half centuries; and nine one-day internationals, at an average of 26.00.
Editor's note: The Moonee Valley Leader is reporting
that Nash will play with the Doutta Stars.