An independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal found former West Indian international cricket player Marlon Samuels guilty of violating the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code in August of this year. Samuels faces a six-year ban from any cricket-related activities.
The prohibition on Samuels will go into effect on November 11, 2023. Samuels was found guilty in August of the following four charges after being charged by the ICC (the organization designated for anti-corruption under the Emirates Cricket Board’s code) in September 2021:
According to a majority ruling, Article 2.4.2 prohibits withholding from the Designated Anti-Corruption Official any gift, cash, hospitality, or other advantage received under any conditions that would tarnish the reputation of the Participant or the game of cricket.
Failure to report to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official any hospitality received for a sum of US $750 or more is covered under Article 2.4.3 (unanimous decision).
Ignoring the investigation being conducted by the Designated Anti-Corruption Official in violation of Article 2.4.6 (unanimous decision).
Keeping material that would have been pertinent to the inquiry hidden in order to impede or prolong the investigation of the Designated Anti-Corruption Official is covered under Article 2.4.7 (unanimous decision).
“Samuels was aware of his responsibilities under the Anti-Corruption Code and had participated in multiple anti-corruption workshops during his nearly two decades of playing international cricket,” stated Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager of the HR and Integrity Unit, in a statement released by the ICC on Thursday, November 23.
“Mr. Samuels participated in the offenses even though he is currently retired. Any participant who plans to break the regulations will be strongly discouraged by the six-year suspension.”