ICC confirms two-year ban on Samuels

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the decision of the Windies Board's Disciplinary Committee to ban Marlon Samuels for two years from all forms of the cricket.

WICB Committee found Samuels guilty of breaching ICC regulation C 4 (xi) which states: “Received any money, benefit or other reward (whether financial or otherwise) which could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute."

Ban would include Official Cricket - Tests, ODIs, T20 Internationals, first-class matches and List-A matches organized by or under the auspices of the ICC or its Members and Unofficial Cricket - cricket within an ICC Member not falling into the above categories that is granted approval by either the ICC or the relevant Board. Two-year ban is effective from 9 May, the date of the hearing which took place in St Lucia.

"Illustrates threat of corruption has not gone away; cricket must remain vigilant," said ICC acting CEO Dave Richardson.

Hailing WICB for its barve decision Richardson said: "Corruption is a serious matter, dealing with it effectively is fundamental to the integrity of our sport and this matter is a demonstration that its threat has not gone away."

"It is never pleasant when a player is banned but the process in arriving at this point has been an extremely thorough one and we hope the case serves as a reminder to players and officials to remain vigilant," he added.

The matter investigated took place during the West Indies" tour of India in Jan 2007 and the process to arrive at this point began with an ACSU investigation and report following allegations the player had passed on match information ahead of the ODI in Nagpur on Jan 21  and then received payment for a hotel stay in Mumbai at the end of the tour.

That report was reviewed by Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission Michael Beloff QC, his review went before the ICC Board at its Oct 2007 meeting and the Board instructed the WICB to carry out its own investigation and convene a Disciplinary Committee to ascertain the player"s guilt or otherwise.


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