Hero of West Indies’ World T20 title triumph, Marlon Samuels was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for using abusive language during his side’s four-wicket win over England in the final at Eden Gardens.
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 Ben Stokes.
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 were 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 per cent of a player’s match fee.