Kolkata: Marlon Samuels of the West Indies was fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC World T20 final against England at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. (Sammy Turns Emotional, Lashes Critics After Windies Clinch World T20)
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Samuels, who was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten 66-ball 85, was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. (Samuels Takes a Dig at Warne After Taking Windies to World T20 Crown)
The incident happened in the final over of the West Indies’ run-chase when Samuels used abusive and offensive language directed at England all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Samuels admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Bruce Oxenford, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
For all first offences, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee.