Kolkata, Apr 4: Marlon Samuels of the West Indies was today fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s ICC World Tweny20 India 2016 final against England at Eden Gardens. Samuels 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”. ALSO READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Brilliant Carlos Brathwaite, Super Marlon Samuels win World T20 for West Indies
The incident happened in the final over of West Indies’ run-chase when Samuels used abusive and offensive language directed at 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 were 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 per cent of a player’s match fee.