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West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has indicated that he is seriously considering the idea of signing a Kolpak deal to play county cricket in England if he continues to be snubbed when it comes to international cricket.
Samuels’ comments come after he was left out of the West Indies’ squad for the upcoming ODI series against England next month.
The 36-year-old, who has not played for the West Indies since November last year, was not considered for selection since he opted to miss the Super 50 competition, which is the West Indies’ 50-over domestic tournament, in order to feature in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
According to the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) policy, no player will be eligible for selection unless they make themselves available for domestic competitions.
However, Samuels claims that his PSL contract was worth twice the amount of his previous West Indies retainer contract, which is understood to be worth $135,000.
Samuels also called on the WICB to adopt the approach England and New Zealand have, whereby they allow their players to feature in domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world without any strings attached.
“Why can’t I play some games in the PSL and come back and play against England?” Samuels asked in an interview with SportMax Zone. “I’m not 20. You’re still telling me to miss out on everything. Why can’t you compromise?
“The rule they have doesn’t make any sense. You have to compromise. Eoin Morgan, the England captain, is playing in the PSL and then he goes to the Caribbean. Why can’t I do the same? Why play hard ball in everything?”
Samuels admitted that being overlooked for the England ODI series in March came as a major surprise to him since the WICB had paid for him to travel to England to get his bowling action reassessed. Samuels’ action was declared legal and he is now allowed to bowl in international games again.
“I didn’t pay for my bowling. ICC didn’t pay for my bowling .The West Indies Cricket Board paid for my bowling,” he said. “So they invested in my bowling for me to come back to bowl against England. Now I’m going to hear that I’ve to stay and play all the Super50 games.”
As for the aforementioned Kolpak deal, Samuels revealed that Derbyshire are offering him a three-year deal that is worth up to £130,000 a season.
While Samuels has made it clear that playing for the West Indies comes first for him, he pointed out that if he continues to be left on the sidelines, then there is a real possibility he could end up plying his trade in England.
“I’ve got a Kolpak deal on my plate which I’m contemplating,” he said. “It’s a three-year deal with Derbyshire. Worth probably £120,000-130,000 a year. The money is not the issue at the moment, I’ve been playing international cricket the last 17 years so have set myself the right way.
“This is about principle, about being loyal. I’ve been a loyal soldier for West Indies cricket and continue to play. I showed some loyalty, so I expect a bit of loyalty. I’m only the one from 2000 still here, sticking round and playing for the West Indies.”
It is believed that the English counties may also be interested in batsman Darren Bravo, who has had issues with WICB president Dave Cameron as of late, and wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin.