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January 7, 2014
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Jackson wants some answers
Jermaine Lannaman, STAR Writer

Simon Jackson

Discarded Jamaican opener Simon Jackson is calling for more communication between local cricket officials and national players.

Jackson, who was omitted from a 44-member national training squad named last month, said since learning of the news in the media of his exclusion, he is yet to hear from either a member of the coaching staff, or the new national selection panel, the reason behind the decision.

This, he said, can at times be frustrating for a player, who would be better served if he knew what was wrong and what corrective measures needed to be taken.

"I don't have a problem with being left out of the squad. What I have a problem with is that I still don't know the exact reasons behind it," said Jackson.

"There was no communication, and, I don't believe this should have been the case.

"There should be at least some kind of communication advising players as to why they were not included, and the areas they need to work on," he added.

Jackson, who struggled last season with the bat after scoring one half-century in four first-class matches, and, none in four regional Super50 fixtures, is the second national player in the last week to voice concern about current selection policy.

Last week, fellow senior opener Xavier Marshall told STAR Sports that he, too, learned of his exclusion via the media, and he was unaware of the primary reasons for his non-selection.

The selection panel is headed by Wavell Hinds, and includes Delroy Morgan, Courtney Walsh, Cleveland Davidson, and Wayne Lewis.


Meanwhile, Jackson, who prior to playing for Jamaica represented the Combined Campuses and Colleges, said he has been working on his game, and hopes to make a return in the not-too-distant future.

"I went to England at the end of last season and played in the Surrey championships, where I had a club and league record-breaking year," he explained.

"I have since returned and played in the local T20 tournament where heading into the last rounds I had the highest strike rate, and among the top three run-getters. It came as a bit of a surprise when I heard that I was not in such a big training squad.

"However, I am not one to really make excuses. I am a professional cricketer and still have a contract in England to honour.

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