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Bravo contradicts Samuels' India tour claims

DISPUTE: Bravo, right, and Samuels (PA)

WEST INDIAN cricket is facing another rift as fallout from the abandoned India tour grows with Dwayne Bravo dismissing Marlon Samuel’s claims that he wanted to play on.

Batsman Samuels, who was highest run scorer for the Windies before the plug was pulled, said he was not fully involved in the players’ decision to quit the tour and that he was focused on playing cricket – a claim which Bravo has contradicted.

Speaking about the ill-fated tour, which has now landed West Indies cricket in a legal case from India seeking compensation, Samuels told radio station Power 104 FM: “Wavell Hinds [WIPA president] cannot negotiate on behalf of me so I know that once I continued, I just needed to finish this tour and then I would have asked questions.

“The main thing first was West Indies cricket; that is why I remained focused throughout everything.”

Samuels added he did not attend all the players’ meetings, saying: “For most of those meetings, I was probably in my room ordering room service. I don't go to those meetings.

“A lot of meetings were kept but I have no time for those meetings. My focus was just on playing some cricket.”

But Bravo refuted Samuel’s version of events and said: “Mr Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of meetings with the players on tour.

“We extended an invitation to Mr Marlon Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA but was an interested party. Mr Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team. I am therefore shocked to see the statements, if true, that have been attributed to Mr Samuels.”

Bravo maintained that the decision to leave India was made by “all members of the squad” and not just by him.

He added: “I wish to state for the record that all correspondence sent and decisions taken were with the full agreement and consent of the players on tour including the current Test captain Mr Denesh Ramdin and the T20 captain Mr Darren Sammy.”

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