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West Indies’ T20 World Cup-Winning Star Banned By ICC For Anti-Corruption Code Violation

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Marlon Samuels, a former batter for the West Indies, was banned from cricket for six years on Thursday. He was also fined for withholding information, cooperating with the investigating officer, and failing to declare benefits he received during the Abu Dhabi T10 league that might have damaged the sport’s reputation.

The International Cricket Council, acting in its capacity as the Emirates board’s Designated Anti-Corruption Official, filed charges against Samuels in September 2021 after he broke the anti-corruption code on four separate occasions.

After being found guilty by the Tribunal in August, Samuels, who participated in 71 Tests, 207 ODIs, and 67 T20Is, was banned starting on November 11.

The allegations concern the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 league.

The former all-rounder was found guilty on Thursday by the ICC of “failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official, the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality, or other benefit that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the Participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.” The statement was released.

In addition, he was found guilty of “failing to disclose hospitality receipts valued at USD 750 or more to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official.” refusing to assist the investigation being conducted by the designated anti-corruption official.”

“Obstructing or delaying the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation by concealing information that may have been relevant to the investigation,” the International Criminal Court said in a statement.

According to ICC General Manager, HR and Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, prohibition on Samuels will be a potent deterrent.

Samuels participated in multiple anti-corruption training sessions and was fully aware of his responsibilities under the Anti-Corruption Codes during his nearly two decades as an international cricket player.

“Mr. Samuels participated in the offenses even though he is currently retired. Any player who plans to violate the rules will be strongly discouraged by the six-year ban, according to Marshall. Samuels led the West Indies in scoring in both the 2012 and 2016 T20 World Cup finals.

Over 11,000 runs were scored by him in international cricket. The May 2008 conviction for “receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute” resulted in a two-year ban.

He declared his retirement in 2020 and made his final appearance for the West Indies in 2018.

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