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WICB bans Samuels

Published:Tuesday | May 13, 2008 | 12:48 PM

The West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Disciplinary Committee has found Marlon Samuels guilty of passing on team information to Indian bookmaker Mukesh Kochar.

The 27 year old Jamaican now faces a two-year ban from international cricket.

The WICB said in a Press Release yesterday that its Disciplinary Committee found that Samuels was guilty of violating the International Cricket Committee (ICC) Rules of Conduct.

The release further said that Samuels was guilty of receiving money, benefit or other reward, which could bring him or the game of cricket in disrepute.

The Disciplinary Committee has written to the WICB President, Dr Julian Hunte recommending a suspended sentence on account of Samuels’ good behaviour.

The hearing came about after the ICC instructed the WICB to launch its own investigation into the alleged connections with the book maker, which were raised by Indian police during West Indies’ tour of India in February 2007.

The Nagpur police taped phone conversations between Samuels and the bookmaker on the eve of the One-Day international between India and West Indies on January 21, 2007.