New Delhi: Windies swashbuckling batsman Marlon Samuels has received an official reprimand and one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during his side’s World Cup Qualifier match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Monday. Also Read - Michael Holding Blasts England And Australia For Not Taking a Knee
The 37-year-old was found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the code, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”. Also Read - Maverick MS Dhoni Destroyed Whatever Came in Front of Him: Michael Holding
Samuels was declared `Man of the Match` for his brilliant batting performance in West Indies chase of 290 to help his side inch closer to a berth in the World Cup 2019. Also Read - Australia And West Indies Cricketers to Take Part in IPL 2020 After T20I Series Postponed
Samuels struck a blistering 86 off 80 balls with six fours and four sixes as West Indies clinched a comfortable four-wicket win over Zimbabwe to set up their mouth-watering winner-takes-all match against defending champions Scotland.
The right-handed batsman was charged by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Simon Fry, third umpire Adrian Holdstock and fourth umpire Paul Wilson for hitting and damaging the 30-yard circle disk with his bat on his way back to the dressing room.
Samuels admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Graeme La Brooy and, as such, there was no need for a hearing. (With ANI inputs)