“The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up. If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.” Samuels was quoted as saying by The Gleaner, a Caribbean Daily.
Samuels is currently the most experienced player in the side with 65 Tests and 3,673 runs under his name, and has threatened that he may be forced to quit Test cricket following less pay. WICB and their players have been at loggerheads for a very long time, and the same issue had troubled them before the start of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2016. Samuels might be opting to play in T20 leagues around the world to earn money.
Former West Indies’ wicketkeeper-batsman Jeff Dujon said, “He’s talking about it and he’s thinking about it. We kind of discussed it this (July 23) morning. I don’t think he’s fully made his mind up yet. But he’s starting to feel like he wants to. It doesn’t make any sense. I don’t think he’s fully decided yet. He could very well have a very good series and decide that he wants to play against Pakistan in Dubai.”
It would be a disaster for West Indies cricket if Samuels opts out of test cricket because he is their key man, he is their most experienced one and one who can hold the team together and if he leaves because of salary problems then their test cricket will be in dire trouble. They have to sort out this issue as soon as possible.