West Indies’ two-time T20 World Cup winner Marlon Samuels was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday with breaching four counts of the anti-corruption code during a T10 league, including failure to disclose hospitality benefits that could bring disrepute to the sport.
ICC charged Samuels, who won the 2012 and 2016 T20 World Cups with West Indies, on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the organizers of the T10 League.
“Samuels will be given a time period of 14 days to respond to the charges,” an ICC release said.
According to the ICC, Samuels breached articles 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.6, and 2.4.7 of the Code.
The three articles deal with failure to disclose to the Anti-Corruption Official, receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefits that were made or given in circumstances that “could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute”, non-cooperation with the investigation, and obstructing or delaying the investigation by “concealing information that may have been relevant…”
The T10 league’s latest edition was held in Abu Dhabi in January-February earlier this year. Samuels was a part of the event in 2019 when he turned up for Karnataka Tuskers.
Samuels played for West Indies from 2000-2018, featuring in 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.