Hove: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is expected to finally link up with the touring party in England on Tuesday. The Jamaican was one of three players yet to join the squad which arrived in the UK last Wednesday, with batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin still stuck in Jamaica waiting for UK visas.
CMC Sports understands, however, that Samuels will join his teammates in Northampton, where the West Indies are due to play their second tour match, a four-day fixture against England Lions, starting Thursday. The West Indies are due to leave for Northampton on Tuesday morning.
Samuels has been playing in the Indian Premier League over the last month, but the team management had appeared unsure at the weekend over his actual arrival date. A part of the Pune Warriors side, the allrounder has scored 124 runs in 8 matches so far, while also picking up 8 wickets with an economy rate of 7.53.
His absence, and that of the two Guyanese left-handers, meant the West Indies faced Sussex in the opening three-day match with just 11 available players. Fast bowler Fidel Edwards sat out the game injured.
The Windies were able to get just 34 overs out of the game as rain wrecked the encounter at the Probiz County Ground. Only 16 overs were possible on Monday's last day as rain ended play before lunch, with the West Indies on 90 for three in their first innings.
It has been a bumpy start to the tour for the Windies, with cold weather conditions and the late arrival of players marring their preparation. The first Test starts in ten days at Lord's.