Marlon Samuels fined for using abusive language
West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels was fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he was seen in a heated exchange of words with England all-rounder Ben Stokes in the ICC World Twenty20 final in Kolkata.
Samuels, who came up with a man of the match performance of an unbeaten 85 off just 66 deliveries, leading West Indies to their second World T20 title was at the non strikers end when the final over was bowled by Stokes.
The West Indian batsman had some strong words for Stokes and also the England dressing room after Carlos Brathwaite struck four consecutive sixes to take West Indies to a dramatic victory.
Samuels was charged with breach of 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" which attracted 30 per cent of his match fee as fine.
Since the veteran batsman pleaded guilty to the ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle negating the need for any formal hearing.
When asked about Stokes at the post match conference, Samuels said such provocation inspires him to perform well and he was eager to stay till the end and give it back to the England all-rounder.
"Well he [Stokes] doesn't learn," Samuels said.
"Because they keep telling him, whenever he plays against me (they say) 'don't speak to me, because I'm going to perform'.
"I didn't even face a ball and he had so much to say today so I know that I have to be right there until the end, again."
Samuels also took the opportunity to take on the Australian legend Shane Warne, who was highly critical of the West Indian’s dismissal in the semi-final against India in Mumbai.
"Shane Warne has been talking continuously and all I want to say is 'this (man-of-the-match award) is for Shane Warne'," Samuels told the host broadcaster upon receiving his award.
"I answer with the bat and not the mic.
"I played a Test series in Australia (in 2015-16) and every day, Shane Warne has a problem with me.
"I don't know what (I did). I've never disrespected him.
"Seems as if he has a lot inside him that he needs to come out.”
West Indies now have won all the three major ICC tournaments that was conducted this year with the Men’s team winning the World T20, Women’s team winning the Women’s World T20 and also the Men’s Under-19 team clinching the 50-over World Cup in February.
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