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ICC Imposes Six-Year Ban on Ex-West Indies Batter Marlon Samuels for Corruption in Abu Dhabi T10

Fraud, Bribery & CorruptionICC Imposes Six-Year Ban on Ex-West Indies Batter Marlon Samuels for Corruption in Abu Dhabi T10

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed a six-year ban on former West Indies batter Marlon Samuels for corrupt behavior during the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament in 2019. Samuels, part of the Karnataka Tuskers but not playing, was found guilty on four counts, including accepting favors that brought himself and the game into disrepute, and concealing information from investigating authorities. This ban follows a similar offense 15 years ago.

The ICC’s Head of HR and Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, highlighted that Samuels, despite being retired, was a participant when the offenses occurred and had knowledge of his obligations under the Anti-Corruption Codes. The six-year ban is intended as a strong deterrent to any participant considering breaking the rules.

The Abu Dhabi T10 is governed by the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code, with ICC conducting investigations into breaches. Samuels was found guilty of four charges, including failing to disclose gifts, payments, or benefits that could bring cricket into disrepute, failing to disclose hospitality with a value of $750 or more, failing to cooperate with the investigation, and obstructing the investigation by concealing relevant information.

The ban is effective from November 11, 2023, and follows Samuels’ initial ICC charges in September 2021, with the guilty verdict delivered in August 2023. Samuels, known for top-scoring in West Indies’ T20 World Cup final wins in 2012 and 2016, last played international cricket in 2018 and retired in November 2020 after accumulating over 11,000 international runs across formats. His cricket career was marked by controversy, including a two-year ban in 2008 for receiving money that could bring him or the game into disrepute.

By FCCT Editorial Team

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