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West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has announced that he did not “stand by any decision” the national team made during their tour of India.
Samuels also blamed the players, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) for not handling the situation properly.
However, he directed a lot of his criticism towards WIPA president Wavell Hinds and stated that it was because of him that the situation became “messed up”.
“No, I did not say that I am going to stand by any decision because nobody asked me questions like that,” Samuels said via a telephone interview on Monday from Jamaica. “It is up to the individual to say okay I am with you. You had people in the room that didn’t even open their mouth or say anything. 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 will be the first person to come out because I am an outspoken person. Then I will be the first person to come out and defend everything with [Bravo].”
Samuels also noted that ODI captain Dwayne Bravo should publicly explain to Caribbean fans why the West Indies pulled out midway through their tour of India.
“One of the questions I asked was the public don’t really know what is happening,” Samuels said. “The public are being misled. They need to know the truth behind this [pullout]. They need to go out there and explain what is really happening. He wasn’t willing to go and do that. That is why I say that if you are not up to doing what I want to go there and do, which is the right thing, then you are not going to get my full support. You cannot expect [me] to go and fight a war if you are not willing to go out and speak.”
Samuels also stated that he is not siding with either the WICB or WIPA.
“I am not basically swinging with nobody in this matter,” he said. “If you cannot go out and talk it as it is then I am not up to it.
“All situation is handled badly. Wavell is wrong. The [WICB] president [Dave Cameron] should have taken a flight down to India and come and have a talk. To sit in the Caribbean and not come and speak to the players cannot be the right way to deal with things. So right across the board it is wrong.”
While the WICB, WIPA, Andre Russell and Jason Holder, who are the players representatives, held a “cordial and fruitful” meeting in Jamaica on Monday, Samuels once again reiterated that Hinds was the main reason why this happened.
“If you look at the situation, the real, real person here to be blamed is WIPA,” he said. “Wavell Hinds, the president, basically messed up everything. If you look at the situation you can’t really blame [the WICB] for accepting what Wavell has done. Wavell is the main problem here. The players are upset with what Wavell has done. But remember I am not part of WIPA.”
When asked why he refused to be represented by the WIPA, Samuels said: “Since I got the two-year ban I was left in the cold, on my own. I have to get my own lawyer. I have to do everything on my own. WIPA wasn’t there for me. So I come back into cricket and choose not to be a part of WIPA because WIPA did not help me. So I do not feel like I should do anything for WIPA.”