Marlon Samuels officially retires from all cricket - reports

By November 04, 2020

Controversial West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, according to reports.

Samuels, 39, who was named Player of the Match in the finals of the 2012 and 2016 ICC World T20 finals, reportedly informed Cricket West Indies on Wednesday of his decision to end his contentious playing career.

The decision comes on the heels of his public feud with England cricketer Ben Stokes. However, there is nothing to suggest the two issues are related.

Samuels made his Test debut for the West Indies in December 2000 against Australia and went on to play 71 Tests in which he scored 3917 runs at an average of 32.64, having scored seven centuries and 54 half centuries. He played his last Test for the West Indies in 2016.

He also played 207 ODIs in which he amassed 5606 runs, averaging 32.97, and included 10 centuries and 30 half centuries. His played his last ODI in December 2018 against Bangladesh.

He also scored 10 50s in T20 internationals while scoring 1611 runs at an average of 29.29.

It is in this shortest form of the game that he shone most brightly in his roller-coaster career.

His 56-ball 78s against Sri Lanka and his 1 for 15 bowling helped the Windies win the ICC 2012 T20 World Cup final. Four years later, he scored an unbeaten 85 off just 66 balls to help hand the West Indies defeat England to win the 2016 T20 World Cup for a second time.

Samuels last represented the West Indies in T20 internationals in August 2018 against Bangladesh.

His career was also marred by controversy as the ICC banned him for two years after he was found guilty for receiving money from bookies and bringing the game into disrepute. In 2015, he was banned from bowling for a year due to a suspect bowling action.

 

 

 

 

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