Marlon Samuels has been banned from playing cricket for six years due to a violation of the anti-corruption code.
On Thursday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Marlon Samuels, a previous captain of the West Indies ODI team, has received a six-year cricket ban for violating an anti-corruption code.
The versatile player was convicted of violating four charges of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code during a limited-overs tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Samuels, who has not competed for West Indies since 2018, was charged by the ICC for his involvement in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi. The charges were initially announced in 2021 and Samuels was later convicted by the ICC’s integrity unit in August.
Samuels was convicted of not disclosing any gifts, payments, hospitality, or other advantages that could harm his reputation, along with receiving hospitality valued at $750 (£600) or more.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also accused Samuels of not cooperating with an anti-corruption official and withholding potentially relevant information during the investigation.
According to the statement from Alex Marshall, the ICC’s integrity unit manager, Samuels has been involved in international cricket for almost twenty years and has attended multiple anti-corruption sessions, making him aware of his responsibilities under the anti-corruption codes.
Even though he is now retired, Mr. Samuels was involved in the offenses when they occurred. The six-year ban will serve as a powerful warning to any participant who plans on violating the rules.
In 2008, Samuels was suspended by the ICC for two years for providing match-related information to an Indian bookmaker during West Indies’ ODI series in India the year before, as shown on a recorded tape.
In 2011, he made an impressive return and remained in the Test cricket scene until 2016. He also played limited-overs internationals for another two years. Samuels joined the West Indies team in 2000 at 19 years old, making his debut in both Test and ODI matches.
He participated in 71 test matches, 207 one-day internationals, and 67 Twenty20 internationals, scoring over 11,000 runs in international cricket. His most memorable moment was when he scored 78 runs off 56 balls in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in 2012, leading West Indies to victory and securing the title.