Fresh from helping his team win the ICC World T20 2016 title Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been diciplined by the ICC for his reaction towards Ben Stokes as Carlos Brathwaite hit those sixes in the final over. The 35-year-old has been been fined 30% of the match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
Samuels, who remained a key figure during his team's innings, as he scored 85 not out (9x4, 2x6) off 66 balls in the final, was found guilty of sledging England's Ben Stokes during the final over of the match.
"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 ICC statement read.
Stokes was entrusted with the bowling duties in the final over of the West Indies innings, where Brathwaite made jaws drop, hitting four sixes off four balls to finish off the game. Samuels had a few choice words to say to the England all-rounder, after his teammate hit the first three of the four sixes in the over.
Samuels, who was the Man of the Match in the final, admitted to using offensive language towards Stokes and accepted to the charge levelled by all the four umpires in the match -- Kumar Dharmasena, Rod Tucker, Marais Erasmus and Bruce Oxenford.
The punishment was laid down to the player by match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
Samuels, meanwhile also made sure to continue his ongoing war of words with Australia legend Shane Warne as he quipped that the Aussie veteran doesn't have a real face.
"I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. Shane Warne has been talking continuously and all I want to say is 'this is for Shane Warne'. I answer with the bat, not the mic," Samuels was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. "I know about finals, when I come to finals, I turn up for the team."
"I don't know why he hates me. Maybe it's because my face is real and his is not."