Samuels mending well after surgery
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is hoping to be fit and ready in time for the ICC World Twenty20 championship, which will be held in Bangladesh in March.
The 32-year-old, who played a pivotal role in helping the West Indies lift the Twenty20 title two years ago, is currently recuperating from a hand surgery, which was done two weeks ago.
"The hope is that I will be fit and ready prior to the World Twenty20," said Samuels.
"The surgery went very well, and I am really pleased with my progress so far.
I would also like to take the time out to thank Dr (Akshai) Mansingh for the excellent work he did during the surgery.
The swelling has been settling down and I have started to move my fingers since.
It is therefore just a matter of allowing it to settle some more before I start therapy and rehab work.
So, all in all, I must say that I am happy, and in a matter of weeks I hope to be back in the nets again," he added.
According to Samuels, the injury, which occurred close to his wrist, has been affecting him in recent times.
It was not, however, until the team's tour of New Zealand that it acted up and required surgery.
The injury will sideline Samuels for the West Indies Cricket Board NAGICO Super50, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from January 30 to February 16.
He is also likely to miss Ireland's tour of the Caribbean, which gets under way on February 19.
The Irish are down to play two Twenty20 matches and one one-day international.
Samuels, however, will be hopeful that by the time England tours the region in late February he would have made significant progress.
The English are slated to tour between February 28 and March 13, and are down to play three one day and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The World Twenty20 will follow soon after with the opening game on March 16 and the final fixture on April 6.