Samuels handed demerit points for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Windies won the game with an over to spare.

Samuels scored a match winning 86 in the game. (Getty)

Marlon Samuels, the Windies batsman, received a warning and one demerit point after being charged with a Level 1 Breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the World Cup Qualifiers game played between Windies and Zimbabwe in Harare, on Monday. 

Samuels was charged of violating the code which says " "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match". 

Samuels who scored a match-winning 86 in Windies successful run chase helped his team win the match with an over to spare. Samuels had caused damage to the "30-yard circle disk with his bat" while walking back to the pavilion after he was dismissed. Michael Gough and Simon Fry, the on-field umpires, alongside third umpire Adrian Holdstock and fourth umpire Paul Wilson levied the penalty on the batsman.

Samuels accepted the offence and the sanction levied by match referee Graeme La Brooy and as a result, there was no need for a formal hearing. 

This win, however, has taken the Windies a step closer to getting into the main draw of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. As far as Samuels is concerned, his demerit point will remain active for a 2 year period, meanwhile which four or more demerit points will account for his suspension. Windies play their final super six match against Scotland on Wednesday. 

Previously, Samuels played a key role in the Windies winning the 2012 and 2016 World T20 titles. 


By Anshuman Roy - 20 Mar, 2018

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