Samuels set to play in World Cup

Guyana Chronicle
February 6, 2003

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JOHANNESBURG, SA (Reuters) - Injured Marlon Samuels seems certain to be reinstated in the West Indies squad for the World Cup squad after all, tournament organisers said yesterday.

The Jamaican batsman, one of the new batting talents in the Caribbean, was dropped from the squad two weeks ago after injuring his knee and Ryan Hinds was called up last week as his replacement.

New medical examinations, however, suggest the problem is less severe than first diagnosed, prompting West Indies to ask for permission to recall Samuels.

World Cup official Brian Basson, designated to deal with medical issues and injury replacements, told Reuters yesterday: ``The matter was originally dealt with on medical grounds and the same will apply again.

``They will just need to submit copies of the medical reports and we'll take it from there, but I really don't foresee a problem.

``Everybody wants the best players in the world to be at the World Cup.''

Doctors initially ruled the 22-year-old would be out of action for up to three months, leading to Hinds being drafted in as a late replacement.

West Indies Cricket Board president Wes Hall said that new diagnoses by two new doctors ``concurred that Marlon may return to competitive cricket at all levels - with immediate effect.

``The reports both share the view that Marlon does, indeed, have a problem with his left knee and that the problem is one which will require periodic monitoring and evaluation. Both doctors, however, concur that there is no immediate need for surgical intervention.''

Samuels hit the headlines in November when hitting a Test century against India, then following that up with 108 not out off 75 balls in a one-dayer. His captain Carl Hooper said it was ``one of the best one-day innings I have ever seen''.

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