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Former West Indies Star Marlon Samuels Charged By ICC For Breaching Anti-Corruption Code

Former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels, part of the 2012 and the 2016 T20 World Cup-winning teams, has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of four corruption offences, the global cricket governing body said in a press release on Wednesday. The charges relate to alleged breaches during the T10 League in the United Arab Emirates. “The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has charged former West Indies player Marlon Samuels with breaching four counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 League (the ‘Code’),” ICC stated in the release.

The four articles of the anti-corruption code under which Samuels has been charged are:

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.

Article 2.4.3 – Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official receipt of hospitality with a value of US $750 or more.

Article 2.4.6 – Failing to cooperate with the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation.

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.

“Mr Samuels has 14 days from 21 September to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” ICC added.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) reacted to the development, saying that it “fully supports” ICC’s anti-corruption unit.

“While CWI has yet to receive detailed information relating to this ICC investigation, CWI remains firm in denouncing any such activities within the sport, and fully supports the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit in their efforts to rid the sport of all corruption,” CWI stated.

Samuels played 71 Tests, 207 ODIs and 67 T20Is in his international career, scoring 11,134 runs and taking 152 wickets. He retired from international cricket in November 2020.

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