It's the system, not me - Samuels wants to play for Windies

April 20, 2017

OVERLOOKED Marlon Samuels on Tuesday said he wants to play for the West Indies and has blamed the West Indies Cricket Board for the regional side's poor ranking due to its policy of blocking the best players for their decision to earn money on the international circuit.

The 36-year-old all rounder was recently recalled as part of the Windies T20 team, which went down against Pakistan, but was afterwards dropped from the one-day side because he had bypassed the regional Super 50 competition to play in the more lucrative Pakistan Super League.

"I am definitely committed, it is the system that's why I am not playing right now," Samuels told STAR Sports on the eve of the first Test, which bowls off at Sabina Park tomorrow.

Samuels reiterated his call for compromise by the WICB whose policy outlines that no player will be considered for the regional team unless they make themselves available for the entire regional competition.

"You can't move to number one if you don't have your best players. The system needs to be much better so, hopefully, there will be changes, and a lot of changes, which will help West Indies cricket moving forward," he said at a handover ceremony for the Marlon Samuels Foundation.

WICB president, Dave Cameron, who was also at the event, refused comment, directing STAR Sports to Jimmy Adams, Windies' director of cricket.

Samuels said he hopes a compromise is reached or he could be forced to ccept a Kolpak deal in county cricket.

"So far, I hear that they are definitely talking, Jimmy Adams is talking with the board, so hopefully they could come to a conclusion, agreement or compromise, because the system is kind of blocking out the best players," he bemoaned.

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