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Marlon Samuels should have been picked

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:12 AM


I am in agreement with Dwayne Bravo that Marlon Samuels should have been one of the members selected for the West Indies team to the ICC World Cup. While agreeing that Marlon has not been in the best of form in recent times, we should never forget that while form is temporary, class is permanent. And few, if any, on the current West Indies team have Marlon Samuels’ class as a batsman.

But there is a more fundamental reason why Marlon should have been picked. On both occasions that West Indies won the ICC T20 World Cup, it is my considered opinion that Marlon Samuels was the architect of both wins. His 78 from 55 balls out of the West Indies 137 for six in 2012, and 85 not out from 66 balls in the Windies score of 161 for six in 2016, confirm that not only is Marlon Samuels a class player but he is a big-game performer, as both match-winning innings came in ICC championship games.

On both occasions when he entered the fray, the game was slipping away from the Windies. He is an arrogant and confident batsman that backs his impeccable class, and it is in these big games that those characteristics become critical.

Like Dwayne Bravo, I concur that the selectors blundered badly on this one. I hope we don’t live to rue that decision.