Former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels has been handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket for breaching the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code. The International Cricket Council (ICC) charged Samuels on four counts related to the Abu Dhabi T10 league in 2019, accusing him of failing to disclose benefits, concealing information, and not cooperating with the investigation.
Marlon Samuels, a veteran of 71 Tests, 207 ODIs, and 67 T20Is, was found guilty by the Tribunal in August, and his ban officially commenced on November 11. The charges against him include “failing to disclose the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality, or other benefit that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.” Additionally, he was found guilty of “failing to disclose receipt of hospitality with a value of USD 750 or more” and “obstructing or delaying the investigation by concealing relevant information.”
The ICC emphasized that Marlon Samuels, having participated in numerous anti-corruption sessions during his nearly two-decade-long international cricket career, was well aware of his obligations under the Anti-Corruption Codes. Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager of HR and Integrity Unit, stated that the 6-year ban serves as a strong deterrent against future rule violations.
“Though he is retired now, Mr. Samuels was a participant when the offenses were committed. The ban of six years will act as a strong deterrent to any participant who intends to break the rules,” Marshall commented.
Marlon Samuels, known for his impactful performances, notably top-scored for the West Indies in the T20 World Cup finals in 2012 and 2016. With over 11,000 runs in international cricket, he has had a distinguished career, but this is not the first time he has faced disciplinary action. In May 2008, he received a two-year ban for being found guilty of “receiving money, benefit, or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute.”
The former all-rounder last represented the West Indies in 2018 and officially announced his retirement in 2020. Despite being retired, the ban highlights the seriousness of the offenses committed during his active playing career. The revelations surrounding his involvement in the Abu Dhabi T10 league have cast a shadow on his cricketing legacy.
As the cricketing community processes this news, it underscores the ongoing efforts to maintain the integrity of the sport and sends a clear message that anti-corruption measures will be rigorously enforced. The ban serves as a cautionary tale for current and future players, emphasizing the importance of transparency and cooperation in the face of anti-corruption investigations.
Marlon Samuels’ legacy, once celebrated for his on-field contributions, now bears the stain of a 6-year ban, serving as a reminder that adherence to ethical standards is paramount in preserving the spirit and reputation of cricket.