Former Jamaica and West Indies star batsman Marlon “Icon” Samuels will contest recent charges leveled at him by the ICC under its anti-corruption code.
The 40-year-old former batsman retired from the sport in 2020 but was charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for breaching the anti-corruption code during his participation in the 2019 T10 league.
Samuels was charged on four counts of breaching the code relating to:
A breach of Article 2.4.2 – 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.
A breach of Article 2.4.3 – Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official receipt of hospitality with a value of US $750 or more.
Breaches of Article 2.4.6 – Failing to cooperate with the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation.
Breaches of Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation by concealing information that may have been relevant to the investigation.
Samuels who had 14 days to contest the charges has since hired legal representation and informed the ICC of his intent to contest the allegations brought against him.
Samuels announced his retirement last year after a career in which he played 71 Tests, 207 ODIs and 67 T20Is since his West Indies debut in 2000, and score over 11,000 international runs and 17 centuries.
Many have argued that the star batsman has not done justice to his talent given what could have been if his career was not plagued with controversy and a setback of a two-year ban after being found guilty, in May 2008, of “receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute”.
He top-scored in the T20 World Cup finals of 2012 and 2016 to help West Indies secure the silverware in its cupboard.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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