Samuels says eligibility damage already done

September 05, 2017
West Indies' Kemar Roach (left) celebrates taking the wicket of England's Mark Stoneman (unseen) for eight runs on the first day of the first Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England last Thursday.

Jamaican Marlon Samuels, who played the last of his 71 Tests in November 2016, will be part of the Windies one-day side that arrives in England later this month for a five-match series.

Barred from selection last year after failing to make himself available for the entire Regional Super50 tournament - the Caribbean domestic one-day tournament - as per Cricket West Indies' eligibility Samuels returned to the squad, however, following CWI's relaxation of the controversial rules but the outspoken right-hander said the governing body's eligibility criteria had been a huge detriment to the side.

"I'm not very happy because I've been playing ODI cricket for the last few years, then they come up with this rule of playing 10 [Super50] games to qualify to play - that never makes sense," he argued.

"We need our best players. You have to bend the rule and compromise. You can't treat everyone the same."

He added that CWI's change in the rules had come after "damage" had been done.

"There should not be the damage in the first place, especially after the embarrassment of not being at the Champions Trophy and now a World Cup where we might not even be there," he contended.

"People around the world still love Caribbean cricket because we bring the flavour and history. We need to be in every tournament, no matter what."

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