Veteran batsman Marlon Samuels has pulled out of the West Indies squad for the Tri-Nation One-Day International (ODI) series in Zimbabwe this month and will be replaced by gifted Test wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich of Barbados.
Informed sources told BCAcricket.org that the 35-year-old Samuels, a veteran of 187 ODIs since his debut 16 years ago, did not sign his tour contract at the deadline for the series which embraces Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Samuels is also one of three current West Indies players who declined central contracts offered by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the period 2016-17. The others are experienced batsman Darren Bravo and fast bowling all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite…
Dowrich, who celebrated his 25th birthday on October 30, has played eight Tests but is yet to make his ODI debut.
He will now be the ninth Barbadian in the 15-man squad and the second to be drafted in over the past 11 days after Miguel Cummins replaced fellow fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.
Joseph, who like Cummins, Samuels and Dowrich all played in the three-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which ended today, is returning to his native Antigua to be with his mother, who is reportedly unwell…
West Indies squad – Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell.