Former West Indies cricket player Marlon Samuels has been slapped with a six-year ban from all cricketing activities following a verdict by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal. The tribunal found Samuels guilty of breaching the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code, based on charges filed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September 2021.
The Tribunal’s decision, handed down in August of this year, highlighted four specific offenses committed by Samuels. These include a majority decision on Article 2.4.2, where he failed to disclose the receipt of gifts, payments, hospitality, or other benefits that could tarnish his reputation or the sport of cricket. The unanimous decision on Article 2.4.3 focused on his failure to disclose receipt of hospitality valued at US $750 or more.
Additionally, Samuels was unanimously found guilty of Article 2.4.6, for failing to cooperate with the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation. The Tribunal also unanimously ruled on Article 2.4.7, stating that Samuels obstructed or delayed the investigation by concealing relevant information.
The ban, effective from 11 November 2023, serves as a stern response to Samuels’ actions. Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager for HR and Integrity Unit, emphasized that despite Samuels’ retirement, the ban reflects his involvement in the offenses during his active cricketing career.
Marshall underlined that Samuels, having participated in numerous anti-corruption sessions, was fully aware of his obligations under the Anti-Corruption Codes.
The ICC hopes that the severe six-year ban will serve as a deterrent, sending a clear message to other cricket participants about the consequences of breaking the rules. Samuels’ lengthy international cricket career, spanning close to two decades, adds weight to the importance of upholding the integrity of the sport.