Former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels has been charged by International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching various protocols and guidelines during his playing time in the T10 League. The 40-year-old has been found guilty for 4 offences with respect to the ECB (Emirates Cricket Board) Anti-Corruption Code for participants of the tournament.
"The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has charged former West Indies player Marlon Samuels with breaching four counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 League (the ‘Code’)," ICC confirmed in an official statement.
List of breaches/offences by Marlon Samuels
The cricket governing body mentioned the list of offences upon which the charges have been levied. According to ICC's official statement, Samuels has breached the following four articles of the 'Code': Article 2.4.2 & Article 2.4.3 (failure to disclose information), Article 2.4.6 & Article 2.4.7 (failure to cooperate during investigation).
One of the offences is about Samuels' failure to disclose to the designated Anti-Corruption Official about 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 other breach is also quite similar to the previous one but it adds a bit more information as it talks about the player's failure to disclose to the designated Anti-Corruption Official receipt of hospitality with a value of US $750 or more.
While the above mentioned breaches are pertaining to Samuels' actions which brought him under the scanner, he allegedly committed two more offences later during the investigation process. As per the official statement, Samuels failed to cooperate with the designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation.
To add to it, the 40-year-old has also been charged for obstructing or delaying the designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation by concealing information that may have been relevant to the investigation.
Samuels given 14 days to respond to charges
ICC has given 14 days to Marlon Samuels (starting from September 21) to respond to the charges levied against him by them. It must be noted that ICC has denied to make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.
If Samuels fails to come up with any evidence to prove his innocence in the stipulated period, the governing body will announce the punishment for cricketer with respect to the mentioned offences.