Pune Warriors India has signed West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels for the next two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Samuels is the first player to be purchased by Pune Warriors this year after the team initially boycotted the IPL 2012 Players Auction on February 4th. However, they were eventually given an extended trading window until February 29th.
The deal with Samuels has left Pune Warriors with two more slots for overseas players after they released injured Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine and bought out West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor’s contract from last year’s squad.
Despite the IPL season clashing with West Indies’ home series with Australia, Marlon Samuels has agreed to play the first ten games of the IPL for Pune Warriors India.
Samuels, who is currently playing for the Duronto Rajshahi franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), has earned a couple of Man-of-the-Match awards over the past two weeks for his big hitting and tidy offspin. He has been on the international circuit for more than a decade and is one of the few experienced batsmen in a new-look West Indies side.
Although Samuels has not made his IPL debut yet, he has played in 42 T20 matches, scoring 1128 runs at a strike-rate of 121.68. As a classy allrounder, Pune Warriors can rely on him in the first ten games. His inclusion in the team will definitely boost their morale.