West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels received the prestigious recognition from Wisden as one of its five Cricketers of the Year. One of the highlights of the year for Samuels was his terrific innings of 78 from 56 balls that led West Indies to win the ICC World Twenty20 Title. In three Tests in England, he batted five innings and failed to pass 50 runs only once. He went on to Bangladesh and scored his highest Test score of 260. He scored 866 runs including three centuries and four 50s in seven Test matches at an average of 53.27 last year.
Barbados Protests Exclusion From Semi-Finals
Barbados and Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) finished fourth on 10 points but Barbados was not chosen as one of the four teams for the semi-finals. Barbados lost to CCC in the head to head contest and in spite of Barbados having a better net run rate of 0.013 compared with CCC 0.055, the West Indies Cricket Board left the team out. Both Barbados and CCC ended with two wins from their six games.
WICB Super 50 Tournament Rules
According to the tournament rules, if two teams end the competition on the same number of points, the team with the more wins will secure the semi-finals spot. If the teams are still equal, the rule states that “the team with the most number of wins over the other team or teams who are equal on points and have the same number of wins will be used as a factor to determine which team goes through to the semi-finals. Consideration is also given to the the team having the highest number of bonus points and the final criteria is the team with the highest run rate.
Barbados Cricket Association Goes to Court
Conde Riley, first vice president of the Barbados Cricket Association said “there is an error with regard to the final standings. In any Round Robin Tournament, individual teams will win and lose and the tie breaker used internationally is the net run rate if most wins cannot determine the positions.” Prominent attorney at law Randall Belgrave, QC, is representing the Barbados Cricket Association in this matter. The final for Regional Super 50 championship is set for Sunday April 21 at Kensington Oval, Barbados.