CRICKET: JCA says Marlon Samuels does not qualify for Jamaica selection
The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) says West Indies batsman Marlon Samuel is not qualified for selection to represent the Jamaica Franchise in the West Indies four-day tournament this season.
Jamaica’s provisional 13-man squad was selected last Thursday.
However, the JCA is yet to release the squad.
The JCA chief executive officer Courtney Francis says Samuels is in breach of the JCA’s selection policy as he failed to play 80 per cent or more national competitions.
Francis says the JCA had no choice, as Samuels did not give an acceptable reason for his absence.
West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor was not selected.
However, Francis says Taylor requested time off to deal with personal matters.
Selectors have named Tamar Lambert, all-rounder David Bernard Jr and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr as the squad's most recognised batsmen.
Newly capped West Indies Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shacaya Thomas, André McCarthy, and John Campbell are the other specialist batsmen.
The Jamaica selection panel is headed by Wavell Hinds and includes Robert Haynes, Delroy Morgan, Wayne Lewis, and Cleveland Davidson.
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