West Indies star Marlon Samuels has received an official warning and one demerit point after being found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in the his side’s four-wicket ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier win over Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Monday.
According to an ICC release, Samuels was found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the code, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.
Samuels was charged by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Simon Fry as he hit and damaged the 30-yard circle disk with his bat on his way to the dressing room after being dismissed for 86 in the 44th over of the chase.
The all-rounder was in his element, blasting the Zimbabwe bowlers all over the park and was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his efforts.
Samuels turned the contest on its head with an outstanding innings to help the Windies chase down 290 with four wickets and one over to spare.
He six fours and four sixes, one of which even replicated Rovman Powell, as he hit a six that broke a glass window in the press box in his innings 80-ball 86.
After the match Samuels admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Graeme La Brooy and, as such, there was no need for a hearing.