Marlon Samuels, the hero of West Indies’ World T20 title triumph, was fined 30% of his match fee for using abusive language during his side’s four-wicket win over England in the final at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Sunday.
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”.
The incident happened in the final over of West Indies’ run-chase when Samuels used abusive and offensive language directed at bowler Ben Stokes, who was hit for four consecutive sixes off the first four ball to seal Windies’ win.
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 was 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% of a player’s match fee.