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Former West Indies Cricketer Marlon Samuels Banned by ICC for Six Years

ICC Takes Decisive Action Against Corruption in Cricket

November 23, 2023: In a significant move to uphold the integrity of cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed a six-year ban on former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels. The ban comes after Samuels was found guilty of violating the anti-corruption rules set by the Emirates Cricket Board. The announcement was made by the ICC on Thursday, marking a stern warning to players who breach the rules.

Alex Marshall, the head of the ICC’s HR and Integrity Unit, emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, “Samuels has played international cricket for nearly two decades. During that time, he was involved in several corruption-related matters despite being aware of his responsibilities under the Anti-Corruption Code. This six-year ban will serve as a warning to any player who violates the rules.”

The allegations against Samuels date back to 2021 when the ICC charged him in September. The charges included violations of anti-corruption clauses 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.6, and 2.4.7 of the Emirates Cricket Board. These clauses pertain to non-reporting of gifts, money, hospitality, or other elements that could bring the sport into disrepute. Additionally, non-cooperation in investigations and obstructing or delaying the investigative process were also part of the charges.

Samuels was found guilty of all charges in August of this year, with the offenses occurring during the Abu Dhabi T10 League in 2019. At that time, he was a part of the Karnataka Tuskers team, captained by Hashim Amla. This is not the first time Samuels has faced disciplinary action; in 2008, he received a 2-year ban for financial misconduct, and in 2015, his bowling action led to a one-year ban.

The West Indies cricket stalwart, who played 71 Tests, 207 One Day Internationals, and 67 T20 Internationals, contributed significantly to the team’s success. Samuels accumulated 11,134 runs with 17 centuries across all three formats and claimed 152 international wickets. Notably, he played a crucial role in West Indies winning the T20 World Cup in both 2012 and 2016, earning the ‘Player of the Match’ title in both finals.

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