Samuels faces 2-year ban for match-rigging

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Port-of-Spain: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been found guilty of violating ICC regualtions after a Windies board probe into the allegations of links with an Indian origin bookmaker, the WICB said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The Jamaican Samuels could now face a two-year ban from the game if ICC executes a mandatory ban.

The Disciplinary Committee of WICB had found that Samuels had breached the ICC Rules of Conduct 4 (xi) in that he "received money, benfit or other reward which could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute."

The Committee looked into the charges that Samuels passed on team information to a bookmaker during the Nagpur one-dayer in Jan 2007. 

However the WICB dismissed a second charge that Samuels had "directly or indirectly engaged in the conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game."

The panel for the hearing, Justice Adrian Saunders  Dr. Lloyd Barnett, Prof Aubrey Bishop and Richie Richardson, has written to the WICB, expressing concern about the propriety of prescribing mandatory minimum punishments generally and particularly for the specific offence with which Samuels was charged.

The Committee stated that "given the circumstances that attended Samuels' commission of the offence and in light of the unchallenged evidence we received as to Samuels' character, if we had the power so to recommend we would have recommended that Samuels be bound over to be of good behaviour for a period not exceeding two years."

The decision and recommendations of the Panel have been sent to the ICC.


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