After being found guilty of violating the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal, former West Indies star Marlon Samuels was handed a six-year cricket suspension.
In September 2021, Samuels faced four accusations from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in her role as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official under the European Community Bank Code. She was subsequently convicted guilty of all counts in August of this year.
The ICC approved the six-year suspension on Thursday, and it will go into effect on November 11, 2023.
Failing to report to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official the receipt of any gift, money, hospitality, or other advantage that was made or supplied in circumstances that might bring the Participant or the game of cricket into disgrace is covered under Article 2.4.2 (by a majority decision).
Article 2.4.3 (unanimous resolution) – Withholding hospitality receipts of at least US $750 from the Designated Anti-Corruption Official.
Ignoring the investigation being conducted by the Designated Anti-Corruption Official in violation of Article 2.4.6 (unanimous decision).
Withholding information that may have been pertinent to the inquiry in order to impede or prolong the investigation by the designated anti-corruption official is covered under Article 2.4.7 (unanimous decision).
“Samuels played international cricket for close to two decades, during which time he participated in numerous anti-corruption sessions and knew exactly what his obligations were under the Anti-Corruption Codes,” said Alex Marshall, General Manager of the ICC’s HR and Integrity Unit.
“Mr. Samuels was a participant in the offenses even though he is now retired. Six years of suspension will serve as a powerful disincentive for any player who plans to violate the rules.
Over the course of 18 years, Samuels participated in over 300 matches for the West Indies, amassing 17 hundreds in total. At the ODI level, he even held the position of captain for the Caribbean team.
In the 2012 and 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup finals, he scored the highest as the West Indies claimed their two most recent ICC titles.