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Samuels left out of franchise


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THE Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) says senior West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels does not qualify to represent the Jamaica Franchise in the new-look West Indies Four-Day Tournament this season.

This is as a result of allegedly violating a JCA selection policy criterion.

Samuels, who was left out of a Jamaica provisional 13-man squad named last Thursday for the team’s first game against Windward Islands Volcanoes, beginning on Friday at Sabina Park, is said to have violated section 1.1 of the JCA’s selection policy criteria.

“He (Samuels) is not qualified to represent Jamaica in the upcoming regional first-class tournament,” JCA chief executive officer Courtney Francis told The Gleaner.

“He needs to play 80 per cent or more national competitions, or otherwise give an acceptable reason for his absence.

“This includes if he [is] on West Indies duties, or provides evidence that he is injured and cannot take part in national competitions.

“He got dropped for the New Zealand and Bangladesh series and was supposed to turn out for Melbourne during the (two-day) Senior Cup and he did not.” (EZS)


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