Pune Warriors India has signed West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels for the next two IPL Season. Samuels becomes the first player to be bought this year by Pune Warriors, who had originally boycotted the IPL 2012 Players auction on February 4, but were eventually granted an extended window for trading till February 29.
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The deal with Samuels has left Pune Warriors with two more slots for overseas players after they released Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine (injured) and bought out West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor’s contract from last year’s squad.
Though the IPL season is clashing with West Indies’ home series with Australia, Marlon Samuels has agreed to play first ten odd IPL games for Pune Warriors India.
Samuels, who is currently playing for the Duronto Rajshahi franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and 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 among the few experienced batsmen in a new-look West Indies side.
Samules is yet to make his IPL debut, but he has appeared 42 T20 matches and scored 1128 runs at a strike-rate of 121.68. He is a classy all rounder Pune Warriors can replay on in first ten games. The inclusion of Samules in Pune Warriors India will definitely boost the team moral.