Marlon Samuels found guilty of corruption charges
LONDON, England (CMC) – Retired West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been found guilty of four breaches of the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code, in relation to the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10.
The judgement was reached by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal after Samuels exercised his right to a hearing. The charges date back to 2021 were brought under the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its capacity as the designated anti-corruption official.
Samuels, who quit international cricket nearly three years ago, was found guilty by “majority decision” under Article 2.4.2 relating to “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.”
The three remaining guilty verdicts were all reached by “unanimous decision”. Article 2.4.3 relates to “failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official receipt of hospitality with a value of US$750 or more” while Article 2.4.6 relates to “failing to cooperate with the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation”.
The other Article 2.4.7 relates to “obstructing or delaying the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation by concealing information that may have been relevant to the investigation.”
In a media release, the ICC said “the Tribunal will now consider the submissions of each party before deciding on the appropriate sanction to be imposed. The decision will follow in due course.”
Samuels was expected to feature for Karnataka Tuskers in the 2019 T10 but never played in the tournament after failing to travel.
The right-hander, now 42, played 71 Tests, 207 One-Day Internationals and 67 T20 Internationals and starred in both the Twenty20 World Cup finals in 2012 and 2016, when West Indies emerged triumphant.