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Cricket Star Marlon Samuels Receives Six-Year Ban by ICC, Integrity Code Violations

  • Posted on November 23, 2023
  • Sports

The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirms a six-year ban on Marlon Samuels, a former West Indies cricketer, and two-time World Cup winner. Found guilty of breaching the Anti-Corruption Code, Samuels faces repercussions starting November 11, 2023, restricting cricket-related activities until 2029. ICC detailed four charges, emphasizing the ban's role as a deterrent.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has formally ratified a stringent six-year ban on Marlon Samuels, a renowned former West Indies cricketer who claimed two World Cup victories. This decision, rooted in his violation of the Emirates Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption Code, was officially confirmed after a series of allegations and investigations.

Samuels faced charges from the ICC in September 2021, culminating in a guilty verdict in August 2023 on four counts related to breaching the Anti-Corruption Code. The six-year ban, set to commence on November 11, 2023, effectively sidelines him from all cricket activities until 2029, casting a shadow over his illustrious career.

The violations cited against Samuels were detailed under various articles of the Anti-Corruption Code. These included Article 2.4.2, where he was found guilty, by a majority decision, of failing to disclose receipt of gifts, payments, or any form of hospitality that could harm his reputation or that of cricket. Another unanimous decision was made regarding Article 2.4.3, highlighting his failure to disclose hospitality valued at over $750.

Furthermore, Samuels was found guilty, unanimously, of not cooperating with the designated Anti-Corruption Official's investigation, a violation detailed under Article 2.4.6. The final unanimous decision was concerning Article 2.4.7, accusing him of obstructing or delaying the investigation by concealing crucial information pertinent to the case.

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Alex Marshall, the head of ICC's HR and Integrity Unit, emphasized Samuels' two-decade-long career and his active participation during the offenses. Marshall highlighted that despite Samuels being retired at present, his actions during the committed offenses held significant weight in the disciplinary proceedings. Marshall further stressed that the stringent six-year ban aims to serve as a formidable deterrent against any participant contemplating rule violations within the sport.

Samuels, throughout his extensive international cricket tenure spanning close to two decades, engaged in over 300 matches for the West Indies. His contributions encompassed scoring 17 centuries and leading the Caribbean side in the 50-over format. However, his legacy now contends with the implications of the six-year ban imposed by the ICC, signifying the governing body's unwavering stance against corruption in cricket.

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