JCA will not renew Samuels contract

December 21, 2018
Guyana Jaguars wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (left) looks on as Nkrumah Bonner of the Jamaica Scorpions hits a boundary during the first semi-final match of the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League Regional Super50 Competition at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday, October 25, 2018. © CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks LaTouche Photography
Jamaica Scorpions opening batsman John Campbell (front) plays a sweep shot during his second innings against the Leewards Islands Hurricanes during the CWI Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Competition match at Sabina Park last season. Looking on is Leewards Islands Hurricanes wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton.

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) said that its decision not to renew the contract of Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels was because of bad results, among other reasons.

The JCA made the announcement in a statement yesterday and also used it to thank the former Jamaica and Windies batsman.

"With full consideration given to on-field performances and off-field areas, which needed improvement, the Board concluded that a change was necessary. The decision to not renew Mr Samuels' contract is the first in a number of changes coming to the Jamaica Scorpions franchise, which will be made public in due course," the JCA said.

Samuels had previously signed a two-year contract with the Scorpions, which ended on Friday, August 31, 2018, but it was extended twice, to run until December 31. In that time, he guided the Scorpions to the semi-final of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional Super 50 competition, and also suffered a 41-run defeat inside three days in their opening game of the CWI PCL Regional 4-Day competition, to the Barbados Pride, in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Monday.

The JCA said that an interim coach is now being sought and those discussions are at what it describes as "at an advanced stage." However, it said that the announcement regarding Samuels' replacement would made to the public after the holiday season.

Samuels' record with the Scorpions:

Regional 4-Day

2016/17 - Fifth

2017/18 - Fourth

2018/19 - Opening day loss

Regional Super 50

2016 - Fifth

2017 - Runners-up

2018 - Semi-finalists

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