Marlon Samuels Receives Six-Year Ban for Breaching Anti-Corruption Code

Read about Marlon Samuels’ six-year cricket ban for breaching anti-corruption codes, a former West Indies player facing repercussions for violations.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) disclosed that former West Indies player Marlon Samuels has been handed a six-year ban from all cricket activities after an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of violating the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code. The ban officially commenced on November 11.

Samuels, who faced charges by the ICC in September 2021, was found guilty by the Tribunal in August this year for four separate offenses, as detailed in the ICC’s official release.

Alex Marshall, the head of the ICC HR and Integrity Unit, remarked, “During his nearly two-decade-long career in international cricket, Samuels engaged in multiple anti-corruption sessions and was well aware of his obligations under the Anti-Corruption Codes. Despite his retirement, Mr. Samuels was involved in the mentioned offenses. The imposed ban of six years stands as a firm deterrent against any participant contemplating rule violations.”

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The four charges that led to Samuels’ guilty verdict include:

  • Failing to disclose receipt of gifts, payments, or benefits could discredit the participant or cricket (Article 2.4.2).
  • Failure to disclose receipt of hospitality valued at US $750 or more (Article 2.4.3).
  • Non-cooperation with the Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation (Article 2.4.6).
  • Obstruction or delay of the investigation by concealing pertinent information (Article 2.4.7).

Samuels, known for his contributions in over 300 matches for the West Indies across 18 years, achieved 17 centuries and led the Caribbean side in ODI cricket. He notably emerged as the top scorer in the finals of the 2012 and 2016 Men’s T20 World Cup, pivotal in the West Indies’ victory, marking their most recent ICC trophies.

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