Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Samuels banned

From the BBC.

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been banned for two years after being found guilty of breaking rules designed to stop players betting on matches.

The International Cricket Council enforced a mandatory ban on the 27-year-old backdated from 9 May.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said Samuels had "received money, benefit or other reward which could bring him or the game into disrepute".

Samuels denied giving out any information to a bookmaker.

But the ICC's acting chief executive David Richardson said: "We hope the case serves as a reminder to players and officials to remain vigilant.

"It is never pleasant when a player is banned, but the process in arriving at this point has been an extremely thorough one."

The West Indies committee looked into charges that the Jamaican had passed on team information to a bookmaker during a one-day series in India in January 2007. 606: DEBATE
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Samuels was allowed to play in the World Cup while investigations continued.

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

The committee had said they would prefer for Samuels not to face a ban, recommending a suspended sentence on account of Samuels' good behaviour.

But the ICC decided to enforce the suspension with Richardson adding, "corruption is a serious matter".

Separately, the player was suspended from bowling in January after independent analysis of his action revealed his off-break and faster deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under regulations.

its a shame and I feel sad for him a ways but the yout needed to be more careful in how he choose his friends and what kinda chat he engage in.

sadly he is now a lesson for the rest
Can't say am either sad or ashamed.I must be jaded because I hear these things and I say we live in a materialistic world so no surprise.
I might be wrong, but I can't recall hearing of another West Indian cricketer being banned for match fixing. I might be wrong. Marlon me boy...when you cheat once in sports, it reall hard to live it down afterwards. Or as we does say...dawg tek yo name.
I heard the news too, pretty sad case.
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