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Date Published: 2014-01-04 

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Smith confirms story on his dramatic withdrawal from Big Bash League

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 4 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Two weeks after BCAcricket.org broke the news that Dwayne Smith had dramatically pulled out of his contract with Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL) after twice changing his mind about travelling while at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) here, the experienced Barbados all-rounder and West Indies player has confirmed the sequence of events while stating he was now "very good, getting fit and ready to play for West Indies whenever called upon".

"No one knows what had happened and I didn't say anything because as I said it was personal and I would let it stay that way because no one knows what had happened and it would go on and on," Smith said in an interview on Line & Length, a weekly television programme.

"I know that people are talking but I am here now to let people know that Dwayne Smith is very good, getting fit and ready to play for West Indies whenever called upon."

On December 19, BCAcricket.org reported that "Smith was scheduled to leave here last Friday (December 13) for London en route to Australia but dramatically asked airline officials to disembark the aircraft while it was on the runway at the Grantley Adams International Airport".



The report quoted well-placed sources as saying that Smith, 30, again went to GAIA earlier the following week to leave for Australia but changed his mind yet again. 



The sources, who requested anonymity, said Smith had informed Perth Scorchers officials through his agent that he would no longer be playing in the BBL this season.

When asked in the television interview if he had made two trips to the GAIA and on one occasion "actually got on the plane and then deplaned after it had taxied down the runway", Smith responded: "Well, yes. Everything that was said was true but I'm sure that people would look at it different no matter where you go around the Caribbean because the minute something like that happens, there is always going to be speculation but as I said, it has been sorted, I have got that out of the way now and just back on my cricket again."

On a request to the Barbados selectors on December 18, Smith played in the fourth and final national trial match at Desmond Haynes Oval the following day, in preparation for the 2014 WICB NAGICO Super50 championship in Trinidad & Tobago from January 30 to February 16.

He made his presence felt in that match felt by slamming 49 off only 29 balls with five sixes and two fours in an opening partnership of 53 in just 4.4 overs with former West Indies Test opener Omar Phillips as Sulieman Benn's XI beat Carlos Brathwaite's XI by two wickets with 3.4 overs to spare.

Following the story on BCAcricket.org, Perth Scorchers confirmed Smith's unavailability in a Cricinfo report, saying it was due to "personal reasons". He was replaced a couple days later by Yasir Arafat, the Pakistan all-rounder.

As was always expected, Smith was named in the Barbados 14-man squad on December 27 for the NAGICO Super50 tournament.

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Historical Batting Stats
Pos. Name (Club) MT I NO R HS AVE 100 50 Division
1. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 8 8 0 392 117 49.00 1 3 2013 Sagicor Cup
2. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 1 1 0 58 58 58.00 0 1 2012 Sagicor Cup
3. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 6 6 0 208 112 34.67 1 0 2012 Sagicor Twenty20
4. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 4 4 0 202 106 50.50 1 0 2011 Sagicor Cup
5. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 6 9 0 146 55 16.22 0 1 2011 First Division
6. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 5 5 0 200 101 40.00 1 1 2011 Sagicor Twenty20
7. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 1 1 1 78 78* 0.00 0 1 2010 Sagicor Twenty20
8. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 9 12 0 616 103 51.33 1 5 2010 First Division
9. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 4 4 0 226 116 56.50 1 1 2010 Sagicor Cup
10. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 4 8 2 283 154 47.17 1 0 2009 First Division
11. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 2 2 0 160 85 80.00 0 2 2008 First Division
12. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 1 1 0 36 36 36.00 0 0 2008 Sagicor Cup
13. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 2 2 0 16 9 8.00 0 0 2008 Sagicor Twenty20
14. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 7 11 1 373 114 37.30 1 2 2007 Banks First Division
15. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 6 6 0 179 76 29.83 0 1 2007 Sagicor Cup
16. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 5 5 0 372 109 74.40 2 2 2006 Sagicor Cup
17. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 2 4 0 181 91 45.25 0 1 2006 First Division
18. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 3 6 1 223 145 44.60 1 0 2003 First Division
19. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 7 11 2 247 101* 27.44 1 0 2002 First Division
20. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 8 12 1 487 94 44.27 0 4 2001 First Division
21. Dwayne R Smith (Schools South) 2 3 0 73 26 24.33 0 0 2000 First Division
22. Dwayne Smith (YMPC) 2 4 0 90 49 22.50 0 0 2000 First Division
23. Dwayne R Smith (Schools South) 9 15 0 121 28 8.07 0 0 1999 First Division
24. Dwayne R Smith (Schools South) 3 6 0 13 5 2.60 0 0 1998 First Division
Historical Bowling Stats
Pos. Name (Club) MT O M R W AVE BB 5W 10W ER Tournament
1. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 8 27.0 0 124 3 41.33 1-15 0 0 4.59 2013 Sagicor Cup
2. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 6 18.2 0 96 9 10.67 4-24 0 0 5.23 2012 Sagicor Twenty20
3. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 1 5.0 0 12 2 6.00 2-12 0 0 2.40 2012 Sagicor Cup
4. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 5 17.0 0 117 4 29.25 2-13 0 0 6.88 2011 Sagicor Twenty20
5. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 4 26.4 0 129 4 32.25 2-32 0 0 4.84 2011 Sagicor Cup
6. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 6 130.2 15 449 24 18.71 6-57 1 0 3.45 2011 First Division
7. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 4 23.3 1 92 6 15.33 2-0 0 0 3.91 2010 Sagicor Cup
8. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 9 198.5 34 633 17 37.24 4-104 0 0 3.18 2010 First Division
9. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 1 4.0 0 34 0 0.00 0-0 0 0 8.50 2010 Sagicor Twenty20
10. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 4 111.3 26 332 23 14.43 5-40 3 1 2.98 2009 First Division
11. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 1 5.0 0 14 2 7.00 2-14 0 0 2.80 2008 Sagicor Cup
12. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 2 17.3 6 28 2 14.00 2-27 0 0 3.73 2008 First Division
13. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 2 8.0 0 51 1 51.00 1-34 0 0 6.37 2008 Sagicor Twenty20
14. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 7 195.4 53 415 30 13.83 6-49 1 1 2.12 2007 Banks First Division
15. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 6 49.0 6 174 11 15.81 3-14 0 0 3.55 2007 Sagicor Cup
16. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 2 61.3 12 168 9 18.67 3-33 0 0 2.73 2006 First Division
17. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 3 40.0 9 144 5 28.80 2-36 0 0 3.60 2003 First Division
18. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 7 103.3 11 369 22 16.77 5-48 1 0 3.57 2002 First Division
19. Dwayne R Smith (YMPC) 8 59.0 12 172 8 21.50 2-37 0 0 2.12 2001 First Division
20. Dwayne Smith (YMPC) 2 6.0 0 10 1 10.00 1-6 0 0 1.67 2000 First Division
21. Dwayne R Smith (Schools South) 2 28.0 5 118 2 59.00 1-22 0 0 4.21 2000 First Division
22. Dwayne R Smith (Schools South) 9 96.5 25 281 19 14.79 4-19 0 0 2.90 1999 First Division
23. Dwayne R Smith (Schools South) 3 13.0 1 53 4 13.25 4-16 0 0 4.08 1998 First Division
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