Big Bash League 2012-13 January 21, 2013

'I'm the legend now' - Samuels

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marlon Samuels has accused Shane Warne of "desperate" behaviour unbecoming for a legend of the game after escaping with a reprimand for his part in an ugly confrontation with Warne during the Big Bash League.

Samuels also called for BBL organisers to adopt a more disciplined attitude towards player behaviour to ensure the right example was set to the family audience that the tournament is so anxious to attract.

"It's not a war, it's a game," he said. "We're here to entertain people, but we're here to show love to one another as cricketers as well.''

Samuels was found guilty of unbecoming behaviour in his confrontation with Warne during the Melbourne derby between the Renegades and the Stars on January 6. He threw his bat away in frustration after he was struck on the body by a return from Warne, but the BBL's Code of Conduct commissioner John Price ruled that he had received "extreme provocation".

Samuels has been recuperating in Australia after suffering a severe facial injury when he failed to hook a bouncer from Lasith Malinga in the same match, but it was his stand-off with Warne which remained on his mind as he spoke about the affair for the first time to The Age.

''There were a lot of kids in the ground - Twenty20 is about family - so I couldn't afford to react in a very bad way," he said. "I was able to come out on top with him behaving the way that he was behaving. He's supposed to be a legend in Australia. What he did was give me the stripes so I am the legend now.''

Warne's aggressive outburst, which involved swearing, finger jabbing and tugging at Samuels' shirt, originated from an incident much earlier in the game in which Samuels seemed to have physically hampered David Hussey's attempts to take a second run. But the charge arising from that incident - that he "engaged in deliberate or inappropriate physical contact with a player or official" - was dismissed.

Warne served a one-game suspension, and was fined $4500, for his clash with Melbourne Renegades player Marlon Samuels. He was fined for a second time on Monday, this time for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour when he handed the captaincy to James Faulkner in an effort to avoid a ban for slow over rates in the semi-final against the Perth Scorchers.

Samuels said Warne had gone too far in trying to unsettle him. ''You can talk in a game and try to get into someone's head, but you don't get physical. That's what he did. He took it to the next level, which was just way overboard. He was a very desperate man doing desperate things. That's not the way you go about it when you're the face of the tournament with kids looking on.''

Samuels was infuriated that only Malinga among the Stars side checked on his welfare as he left the field bleeding from an eye wound, but he praised the support he had received from the Renegades and vowed that he would only represent them in the BBL. From the ugliest of incidents came a rare sign of player loyalty in the money-buys-all world of Twenty20.

"This tournament is a very good tournament, but whoever's running the tournament has to take some positive steps by showing more discipline,'' he said. ''The behaviour is poor. Every game you have people in other people's face. Remember, T20 is for family and kids. You're trying to pull a big crowd. It's not a boxing game."

The same BBL commission cleared Darren Berry, the Adelaide Strikers coach, of unbecoming behaviour when he confronted Samuels earlier in the tournament and offered a pointed critique of the West Indian's bowling action.

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  • Stuart on January 23, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Harmone, Hussey had completed one run to the non-strikers end and turned for a second. Samuels deliberately grabbed Hussey's jumper and pulled him back. That started it all. I wouldn't say Samuels threw the bat at Warne, not more than Warne threw the ball at Samuels, in my opinion, but he did throw it down the pitch, not away to leg or anywhere like that, but straight down the pitch. Another half dozen yards, it could well have hit the umpire.

    All Warne did was abuse him and use foul language - he shouldn't have done but I think a fine and suspension where way over the top. Warne was found guilty of grabbing Samuels jumper, when it is clear from the footage that what Warne was doing was demonstrating to Samuels what he, Samuels, did to Hussey in the first innings and that was why he is so angry.

  • Harmon on January 23, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Alright, I am a bit out of the loop here and have not seen the actual incident. Two things, 1. Did Marlon actually grab Hussey or was it a sort of a collision/contact where Marlon's hands went round Hussey in a reflex way? 2. Did Marlon throw the bat AT somebody with some force or did he just sort of tossed it to a blank part of the filed in disgust/dismay/frustration?

    What I do know is that the 1st things happened in the 1st innings while the 2nd thing happened in the 2nd innings. Thus, whatever Warne did to Marlon was absolutely horrible and had no immediate basis. You can't say that Oh I did that cos this man behaved in a certain manner in the 1st innings. I am not a law expert but there is something called crime of passion & a cold-blooded crime. What Warne did was cold-blooded & per-meditated. The match referee would have taken Marlon's case anyways so Warne had no reason to behave like that.

    I guess Warne got away lightly.

  • Mohsin on January 22, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    I can't believe why people are defending Shane Warne for his disgraceful behaviour. As a cricketer, his record speak for itself. Iam a great fan of his amazing international career. But more responsibility comes with such legendary career. Iam not going to talk about Samuels, because his career achievements are no where near Shane Warne. My point is, Shane Warne has nothing more to prove in cricket. He has earned so much respect over the years but such incidents would only tarnish that image. Things do happen in the heat of the moment, but look at other legendary cricketers. Look at how Brian Lara has carried himself over the years. Look at Sachin Tendulkar. Such great players are not ordinary players. These are ambassadors of the game. I just hope Shane Warne sits in a moment of silence and reflect back on what a disgraceful act he has become a part of. Iam sorry to say Mr Shane Warne, you must have lost many fans. Congratulations.

  • NIGEL on January 22, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Yes I can see the Global split here of course West Indies v Australia and no one needs to admit it but it is there to see. So Marlon did the first wrong, ok accepted, why did Warne have to continue with it? And for anyone to claim that Warne was merely pointing out to Marlon that people don't hold shirts in cricket is a bunch of BS, if this is the way Warne educates, inform and lead then am happy he is not a school teacher, because he did much more than point out etc....

    As wrong as Marlon was, Warne had to be the bigger man, The Legend and move on, instead he declared war and I must say while bat fling is unbecoming Marlon showed control, because it could have been worst and ugly!

  • Duran on January 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Say what you want about Samuels and his performance in Australia... At the end of the day he performed for the world cup and the W.I. demolished Australia in the semi final and sri lanka in the final.....Malinga hitting Samuels in the Big bash is a big joke after what Samuels did to him on the grandest stage.... the world cup finals.....

    If you ask me it sounds like a bunch of sour aussie grapes....

  • Allan on January 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Very strange that Samuels was not fined at all? Yes, he did control himself at the end but what did he do in the beginning? He instigated this entire affair which of'course Warne took it ten notches higher.

  • Yohan on January 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    throwing your bat is a nice example for kids, isnt it?

  • Douglas on January 22, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    There was no "humour" evident in Samuels's action in restraining Hussey, whether or not there was a second run available. Samuels does not often do humour, just look at his expression, forever stony faced. Warne was way over the top but that is his manner and he was appropriately punished. Samuels's escape from censure was absurd, but such is the wisdom of those who sit in judgement.

  • Adarsh on January 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Warne should've got off too because he was provoked by Samuels' crazy behaviour in preventing Huss from taking the run. Where is his charge for physically grabbing a player and interfering with the game? Shane went overboard and deserved to be fined, but Samuels should have been banned and fined 75% of his match fee.

  • Matthew on January 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    samuels seems to be doing his best to be not invited back for next years bbl. overpaid, arrogant and now doing silly things in the public eye. if he and his fellow wi stars (gayle, powell, roach etc.) want to be considered legends, they should try and play some consistent cricket rather than coming over to australia for a holiday

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