Former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels charged with corruption

Former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels was charged with breaching four counts of the ICC’s anti-corruption code while playing in a limited-overs competition in the United Arab Emirates.

The charges against Samuels, who hasn’t played for West Indies since 2018, relate to the T10 League in Abu Dhabi, the International Cricket Council said, without giving any dates.

Samuels is said to have failed to disclose “the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit” that could bring him into disrepute as well as the receipt of hospitality worth $750 or more.

The ICC also said Samuels failed to co-operate with an anti-corruption official and concealed information that may have been relevant to the investigation.

Samuels has 14 days to respond to the charge.

In 2008, Samuels — a big-hitting right-handed batter — received a two-year ban from the ICC after being caught on tape passing on match-related information to an Indian bookmaker during West Indies’ ODI series in India.

Samuels made his test and ODI debuts for West Indies in 2000 as a 19-year-old. He played 71 Tests, 207 ODIs and 67 Twenty20 internationals, his highlight being a 56-ball 78 in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in 2012 to help the Windies win the title.