Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
President of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Wavell Hinds, is urging top Jamaica and regional batsmen Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle to be strong and dwell on their inner strength in order to overcome the challenges they have been experiencing recently.
According to Hinds, Samuels, who was recently hit in the eye by a ball, should remain mentally strong and seek to recover quickly so that he can recapture his form of last year.
Meanwhile, as it relates to Gayle, who is going through a poor run of form, Hinds says the explosive left-hander should continue to believe in himself and never doubt his abilities.
"Be strong through the adversity as the best of both of you are yet to come," Hinds said in a message to the duo via his Twitter account.
"Class is permanent, form is temporary … blessed love," he added.
Quizzed further as to the reasons behind his tweeted message, Hinds, who was confirmed to the post of WIPA president earlier this month, explained that it was meant to motivate the players.
"Marlon needs to keep his inner strength, keep himself mentally on the up so that he can recover and recapture his form of 2012," said Hinds, who also served in the capacity of treasurer, vice-president and interim president at WIPA.
"Chris, in the meantime, should remain mentally strong and continue to believe in himself and his abilities, which has made him into the top player he is.
"He should also continue to be natural and try to enjoy his game as he did in his last innings in the Big Bash League."
Samuels is presently in a hotel in Australia with swelling and bruising around his eye after edging a ball from pace bowler Lasith Malinga though the grille of his helmet and on to his face.
He was representing the Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Big Bash League when the incident happened.
INJURY TO BE ASSESSED
Aaron Finch, captain of the Renegades, recently said that Samuels has a suspected fractured eye socket, but the extent of his injury has still not been determined because of the swelling.
It was also revealed that the all-rounder has been ordered by doctors to remain as still as possible to avoid the chance of bursting a blood vessel, that could cause permanent damage to his vision.
Samuels has also been ordered not to fly for a month, and is not likely to leave his hotel room for weeks until given the medical all-clear.
Gayle, in the meantime, has returned home as his team failed to advance in the Big Bash. He is presently on standby should a member of Jamaica's team pick up an injury at the ongoing Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia.
He is also preparing to travel with the West Indies team to Australia later this month for their five-match one-day international series against the hosts and Sri Lanka, between February 1 and 13.