West Indies’ Samuels Guilty of Anti-Corruption Code


West Indies’ Samuels Guilty of Anti-Corruption Code

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Marlon Samuels, a former West Indies cricketer, has been declared guilty of four violations of the Emirates Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code. The ICC charged him on behalf of the ECB in 2021, and he was found guilty following a hearing by an independent anti-corruption tribunal.

In September 2021, the ICC, acting as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official under the ECB Code, formally charged Samuels with violating the anti-corruption code on four counts. These violations took place during a T10 league event in 2019. Following his decision to request a hearing before the Tribunal, Samuels has been deemed guilty.

The Tribunal will now deliberate on the arguments presented by both sides before determining the suitable penalty. A verdict will be reached and communicated in the near future.

Article 2.4.2 (by a majority ruling) pertains to the offense of not revealing to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official the acceptance of any present, monetary transaction, entertainment, or other advantageous treatment that occurred under circumstances capable of tarnishing the reputation of either the Participant involved or the game of cricket itself.

Article 2.4.3 (with unanimous agreement) pertains to the failure of disclosing the receipt of hospitality valued at $750 or more to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official.


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Article 2.4.6 (unanimously decided) concerns the failure to collaborate with the investigation led by the Designated Anti-Corruption Official.

Article 2.4.7 (unanimously decided) involves obstructing or delaying the progress of the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s inquiry by deliberately hiding pertinent information.

During his trip, Samuels associated himself with Mehar Chhayakar, a former UAE domestic cricketer who was recently handed a 14-year cricket ban for various corruption offenses. Chhayakar’s infractions included attempting to manipulate Qadeer Ahmed and Ghulam Shabber, both former UAE players, into fixing elements of matches in 2019.

The investigative report into Samuels’ case suggests that Chhayakar held stakes in two teams participating in the T10 league. The report reveals that Chhayakar enticed players with the opportunity to represent these teams, in return for a 10 percent share of their earnings, coupled with the potential to earn “extra money,” which essentially indicated involvement in match-fixing during the event.

Before the commencement of the 2019 T10 league, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) became aware of multiple overtures made to players and agents by an individual going by the name of ‘Rehan Ali.’ These approaches included an offer to travel to Dubai for a brief period to meet team owners affiliated with the T10.

Upon investigation, the ACU unveiled that ‘Rehan Ali’ was actually Mehar Chhayakar, a figure already known to the ACU due to his links to corrupt activities. The report discloses that Samuels failed to report this trip to the ACU and hindered the investigation.

During an interview conducted as part of the investigation, Samuels claimed his Dubai visit was for promoting an aftershave brand, yet he did not divulge the source of funding for the trip.

The tribunal concluded that if Samuels was not directly involved in the intended corrupt scheme, it was an unfortunate coincidence that two of the implicated individuals, Chhayakar and a team owner independently probed for corruption, were closely connected. The majority of the tribunal members did not regard this as mere happenstance.

This incident isn’t the first instance of Samuels encountering trouble. In 2008, he faced a two-year suspension after being found culpable of accepting money or benefits that could potentially harm his reputation or the integrity of cricket.

Samuels, a two-time T20 World Cup champion, called time on his career in 2020. Across his international journey, he featured in 71 Test matches, 207 ODIs, and 67 T20Is, amassing 11,134 runs and securing 152 wickets.


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