Samuels' lawyers to challenge ban

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels' lawyers are contemplating challenging the two-year suspension slapped on him over his links with a bookie.

Updated: May 28, 2008 12:07 IST
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West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels' lawyers are contemplating challenging the two-year suspension slapped on the all-rounder for his alleged links with Indian bookmaker Mukesh Kochchar.

Jamaican attorneys K Churchill Neita and Delano Harrison, who represented Samuels in the case before the West Indies Cricket Board's disciplinary committee, are seriously thinking of applying for a judicial review.

"From the outset, we wish to make it clear that we proposed to challenge the findings of the majority (3-1) by way of judicial inquiry, as we believe a most grave injustice has been done by their finding of our client's liability of one of the International Cricket Council's disciplinary offences," the lawyers said in a statement.

The cricketer was charged with getting benefits of hotel accommodation worth USD 1,238 from Kochchar and this, according to ICC Code of Conduct, could bring the game into disrepute.

However, Samuels was let off from the charge of passing confidential team information before the first one-day international against India in Nagpur on January 21 last year.

But, the lawyers said "many misunderstandings and misconceptions," which came up at the hearing before the disciplinary committee headed by Justice Adrian Saunders, need to be clarified.

Regarding Samuels' hotel accommodation, the lawyers had produced the evidence claiming that the bill paid was a loan, which was to be repaid to someone the cricketer considered a friend and father figure.

The legal experts said Samuels needed the loan as a television reality show, from which he was intending to earn money, did not work out.

Neita and Harrison said the loan was made two weeks after the ODI series against India and the requirement arose as Samuels stayed longer for the TV show.

They also claimed that Kochchar was not a bookie. The lawyers said the disciplinary committee "agreed unreservedly" with the player "that there has not been proved against Samuels any element... or corruption".

"They found 'no basis upon which to find that Samuels acted dishonestly or in a corrupt manner'," they said.

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