Samuels ineligible to play for Jamaica

"He is not qualified to represent Jamaica in the upcoming regional first-class tournament"

“He is not qualified to represent Jamaica in the upcoming regional first-class tournament”

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West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been ruled ineligible to represent Jamaica in the upcoming domestic season since he has breached the Jamaica Cricket Association’s (JCA) rules on selection.

According to JCA chief executive Courtney Francis, Samuels will not be able to play for the team since he has not met the requirement of playing in 80 per cent of national competitions.

“He is not qualified to represent Jamaica in the upcoming regional first-class tournament,” Francis told the Jamaica Gleaner. “This is on the basis that he is in breach of the JCA’s selection policy.

“He needs to play 80% or more national competitions, or otherwise give an acceptable reason for his absence. This includes being on West Indies duties, or provide evidence that he is injured and cannot take part in national competitions.

“He got dropped for the New Zealand and Bangladesh series and was supposed to turn out for Melbourne during the [two-day] Senior Cup and he did not.”

In the report published by the Jamaica Gleaner, section 1.1 of the JCA selection policy states: “As part of the JCA’s commitment to Regional and International cricket, the player must participate in local cricket when not representing Jamaica, the West Indies or any other competition sanctioned by the JCA, the WICB, or, the ICC.”

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