Windies batsman Marlon Samuels has 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 against Zimbabwe.
Samuels, who cracked an impressive 80-ball 86 in Windies’ successful chase of 290, had caused damage to the “30-yard circle disk with his bat” while walking back to the pavilion after he was dislodged. 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.
The veteran was found to have violated Article 2.1.8 of the code which pertains to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.
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. Demerit points remain active for a 24-month duration. Four or more demerit points during the rolling period account to suspension.
Windies won the match by 4 wickets and they inch closer to the World Cup while despite of the defeat, Zimbabwe are still in with a chance to qualify for the World Cup.