Marlon Samuels, who was found guilty of violating the ICC’s anti-corruption policy, has been handed a six-year ban. Samuels was instrumental in the West Indies’ triumphs in the T20 World Cup in both 2012 and 2016.
West Indian batter Marlon Samuels banned, Why?
The tribunal determined that the former batter for the West Indies had violated the anti-corruption code of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by neglecting to declare payments, gifts, and hospitality that would damage the sport’s standing.
The allegations made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) are related to Samuels’ participation in the Abu Dhabi T10 competition. The tribunal’s ruling highlights the severity of the violations because Samuels impeded the ensuing inquiry and refused to cooperate.
The ICC’s General Manager of HR and Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, underlined the importance of the prohibition as a potent deterrent against future misconduct.
“Samuels played international cricket for close to two decades, during which he participated in numerous anti-corruption sessions and knew exactly what his obligations were under the Anti-Corruption Codes,” stated Marshall.
The ban, effective from November 11, 2023, holds weight even though Samuels has retired. His cricketing legacy, marred by on-field rivalries with players like Ben Stokes and Shane Warne, takes a hit with this ban.
It serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to maintain the integrity of cricket and sends a clear message about the consequences of violating anti-corruption regulations in the sport.