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In a rather shocking admission, West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has revealed that he actually wanted to finish the tour of India instead of pulling out halfway through.
During an interview with Power 104 FM, which is a Caribbean radio station, Samuel conceded that he wanted to finish the entire tour of India before speaking to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) about the ongoing pay dispute.
“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 also noted that he only attended two of the eight player meetings that were organised by West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo.
“For most of those meetings, I was probably in my room ordering room service. I didn’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.”
However, Bravo claims that Samuels was “vigorously” involved in all the meetings that he organised.
“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,” Bravo said. “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 pull out midway through the tour was taken “in concert with all members of the squad”.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Other than Samuels, Bravo stated that he and the rest of the team have sought legal help to resolve this predicament.
“We do not wish to make any further statements on this matter since the players on tour (except Mr. Samuels) with some additional players who did not tour India have appointed counsel to represent them in this matter,” he said. “We look forward to a speedy resolution and that our concerns, and that of all players including the first-class players, are addressed in a satisfactory and timely manner.”