|The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels for two years after finding him guilty of breaking its rules designed to stop players betting on matches.|
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had first looked into charges that the cricketer had passed on team information to a bookmaker during a one-day series in India in January of last year. Although Samuels denied giving any information to bookies, the WICB said the 27-year-old Jamaican had ‘received money, benefit or other reward which could bring him or the game into disrepute’.
'We hope the case serves as a reminder to players and officials to remain vigilant,” said David Richardson, Acting Chief Executive for the ICC.
'It is never pleasant when a player is banned but the process in arriving at this point has been an extremely thorough one.'