West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has hit back at Marlon Samuels for claiming that he was not part of the ODI team’s plan to abandon the troubled tour of India, saying that his teammate was an “interested party” and spoke “vigorously” during the meetings he attended.
Samuels had said that since he was not accredited with the West Indies Players Association, he wanted to focus on finishing the India tour before raising any objections concerning the contract and memorandum of understanding signed between the WIPA and the WICB.
“Wavell Hinds cannot negotiate on behalf of me so I know that once I continued (to play) I just needed to finish this tour and then I would have asked questions,” Samuels, the first player to speak out about the controversial decision taken by the players, was quoted as saying by the local media.
Bravo said he was “shocked” at the claims made by Samuels. He said Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly at that time that he would stand with any decision taken by the team.
“We extended invitation to Samuels with full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA but was an interested party. Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team.”