Big Bash League 2012-13

'I'm the legend now' - Samuels

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January 21, 2013

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Marlon Samuels throws his bat in the air after getting hit by a throw from Shane Warne, Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, Big Bash League, MCG, January 6, 2013
Marlon Samuels escaped with a reprimand for tossing his bat away in protest after being struck by a return from Shane Warne © Getty Images

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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Posted by Boooowled 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.

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by mohsee 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.

Posted by WestIndianInDA 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!

Posted by Duran400 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....

Posted by AllanofSouza 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.

Posted by spas on (January 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

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

Posted by gudolerhum 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.

Posted by c3vzn 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.

Posted by matthewthorpe 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

Posted by deepmidwicket88 on (January 22, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

considering the consequences i think MALINGA is the real legend here...for his sportsmanship and damn good bouncer.. comon samuels you and warne are in the same boat..if you know what i meant..

Posted by ArasuMurali on (January 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

The fact is Samuel was provoked. If it is verbally (the usual Aussies way) then we may expect him be silent and reply in the same way. But what Warne did can be never justified and I would say Samuel control himself by not throwing the bat towards Warne.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 22, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

I Love WI cricket and Samuels in particular, but to be honest merely saying that " Now i am legend" doesn't actually make him a legend and it will only lesser his credentials. A legend is considered based on the years of consistent performance across the globe with proven abilities.So for Samuels to say like that is more like a childish statement.First he needs to improve his own record,then help WI win ODI WC and make WI no. 1 in test, then only anything legendary could be considered about him.

Posted by Firenze317 on (January 22, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Can anyone please clear up the incident that led to all of this?! Did Samuels REALLY hold D. Hussey back from taking another run?!? Was a run there to be taken? If yes, Warne's behaviour, while disgusting, is retaliatory... If no, to hell with him and his antics!

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 22, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Not a legend but certainly a disgrace, Warne was just telling him that in cricket people dont grab the batsmen from running their runs. He needs to be reminded its cricket not rugby.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (January 22, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Marlon himself emerged as no Legend when he tried to obstruct David hussey. Samuels should understand that what he did on the field wasn't setting a great example of sportsmen spirit to young kids either. He would have done well to be gracious and acknowledge the mistake on his part before rightly accusing Warne. Having said that Warne who is deemed as the greatest leg spinner of the game and the best captain OZ never had did a great disservice to the game and his fans and followers. He was way off the mark especially when leading a side. It is a great shame that no one apart from Malinga bothered to show any concern with Marlon after he was grievously hurt and was bleeding. Cricket can not be allowed to scoop to such low levels.

Posted by 9ST9 on (January 22, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

malinga maybe criticized by sri lankan fans as playing for money etc. but can't deny the fact that he is indeed a friendly and pleasant guy

Posted by PadMarley on (January 22, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

Well its unfortunate that Samuel's statements make perfect sense yet he lacks credibility to make them...

Posted by FazleAbed on (January 22, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

warne dont try to be maradona in all the sectors of life. You are as great as maradona as a player. We dont want you to be a human like maradona. With all respect and love remain same i wish you a very happy end of your career.

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 22, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Samuels is not a saint.. He usually confronts with opponents in big games. Ask Warner.. I do understand they do it to Aussies as Aussies start it first or they will get to you even if you are silent but Samuels was the one who started everything by pulling Hussey's shirt while bowling. It doesn't necessarily summon Warne to swear and throw ball at Samuels but it just created a opening which Warne widened to a new level. Samuels should try to control his aggression and show it ONLY in his game which at the moment is in great form. He doesn't need to do silly things to tarnish himself.

Posted by durkheim on (January 22, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Sorry Marlon, whilst you're a decent player you might have to score a few more than 9 international centuries to be considered a legend. You better get cracking then, only 91 more to catch up to Sachin

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (January 22, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

Shane Warne is a cricketing deity. The greatest spin bowler of all time and the best captain that Australia never had. Marlon is a nobody.

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (January 22, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

@ anyone who is slating Warne as a player - grow up, he's a legend of the game and was named as one of the top 5 cricketers of the century by the extremely objective and credible Wisden. End of.

@ anyone who is slating Warne without slating Samuels, get your facts right - Samuels started this. Warne's behaviour was dreadful, Samuels' (relative to his interaction with D Hussey) was too.

@ Samuels - you won't even be a West Indian legend mate, how's your low 30 averages going for you?

Posted by Meety on (January 22, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

I was agreeing with everything Samuels said until "...What he did was give me the stripes so I am the legend now." - & I thought what a goose! A bloke with a test batting ave of 37 - which is boosted by a top score of 260 against Bangladesh is now a legend? In ODIs he has an ave 31 (17 v Oz) - there is nothing legendary about him. I love WIndies cricket so I hope he improves on those stats - but that comment was distasteful. Perhaps when he grabbed Hussey he was trying to give him a man hug?

Posted by 19jra74 on (January 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

Warne has an over-inflated ego and thinks he is above everything. The way he confronted Samuels after the initial incident shows it was pre-meditated and the fact he was wired -up and knew it just proves the point about his needing the limelight.

Posted by MMZCric on (January 21, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

Why is Warne still playing cricket. He is now more of a distraction than an attraction.

Posted by noplay on (January 21, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Marlon Samuels talks too much... Warne has had his day and is no longer important. Samuels is yet to make a lasting mark on the game. If he has a lean season I don't know how he will react. So let's say they are both equal on questionable behaviour and sulking, Samuels should focus on being a player who will be remembered long after his usefulness on the field is over. In the mean time I am willing to lend him my prized lexicon

Posted by warsha on (January 21, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

I was watching the natch at MCG. It was home ground for Melbourne Stars and there was a huge crowd of 47,000 including a lot of young ones and kids and most of them were supporting Melb Stars led by Warne. The crowd was cheering for Shane Warne'for all his moves but they were stunned to see Warne pulling Samuels by shirt and throwing the ball at him. Since then the cheering stopped and It was very clear that the crowd did not approve such intimidation. It was only Malinga went behind Samuels after the ball hit and no other Stars players were bothered. In the meantime it was heartning to see a lot of Renegade supporters were wearing T shirts with the name 'MURALI' and his number '8'. Those who then booed Murali now cheering for him!

Posted by trumpoz on (January 21, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

ROFL - Marlon Samuels, a legend? That's a great joke. What Warne did was wrong and he should honestly just hang up the boots in my opinion. Samuels will never be a legend, he is not a shade on any of the great cricketers. Calling himself a legend shows the size of his inflated ego.

Posted by Nerk on (January 21, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Warne was desperate. He was losing the match. He would not have done it had his team been on top. It was disgraceful behaviour, unbecoming of a captain of any side, let alone an elder statesman of the game. Samuels was not totally innocent and should have received a harsher penalty for his role in the matter, but Warne's behaviour was a tantrum of the highest order. Samuels is definitely not a player of Warne's calibre. Warne is one of the greatest bowlers of all time. But his behaviour on that night was embarrassing for cricket, and not the first time he has thrown a childish tantrum during his career. Perhaps the reason why he was never made captain of the national team, I suspect.

Posted by PFEL on (January 21, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Warne will always be a legend. Greatest spin bowler of all time, amazing character, and all his quirks just add to it. At his best Marlon Samuels will never be anything more than a park cricketer. Fun to watch this sort of incident though.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 21, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Marlon Samuels started it.

Posted by ratspeed on (January 21, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Samuel's comments were pointed and correct in recognizing Warne's desperate attitude which is related to his post-fame crisis. He really got the better of Warne in that way. Samuel's is also one of the more exciting WI players who had to fight hard to get in the side. He is patient as people have said but he is full of aggression which he directs well when he's in the middle.

Posted by skilebow on (January 21, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

rajcan - As a pom i couldn't disagree with you more. Your comment is completely ridiculous. There were many times when warne won games by himself. Look at the highlights of 2005 Ashes for just one example. Time and time again Aus were in trouble and Warne got them out it. In fact he almost got them out that mess almost single handedly. I'm a pom and i think he is easily the best cricket i have ever seen

Posted by SuPerDuPerMaN on (January 21, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

@ rajcan- Shane Warne was no ordinary bowler even when Australia had the likes of Craig Mc Dormet, Glen Mc Grath, Damien Fleming, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee. He won games for Australia by himself without making use of the pressure created by seamers. The world cup semi final of 1996 and semi final and final of WC 1999 are a testimony of his match winning prowess without dependence on any other bowlers.

Posted by dreamstar on (January 21, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

i do agree that Warne is one of the greatest player to ever play the game but no matter how great you are that doesnt give someone the right to take matters in their own hands, to that extent,,it jus derails your reputition, im not saying samuels was right to do what he did, but it was obvious the second run wasnt on, im my opinion it was purely entertianment....west indians like to play their cricket lively n exciting

Posted by stFleming on (January 21, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

hopefully now Samuels would never ever try to stop a batsman for second run...Shane Warne really taught him a lesson and in the end Warne's revenge ended by a Malinga bouncer...It was unfortunate for Samuels but i think Warne got very furious by Samuel's tactics...

Posted by Jay.Raj on (January 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

Please note that noone came to assist Samuels wen he got injured other than Malinga. First, have a heart b4 anything

Posted by freddieraghu on (January 21, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Sponsor cashed well with this incident. Thats what all this fuss is about. Corporate stunt. Warne and Samuels just reading out the script given to them.

Posted by tententen on (January 21, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

warne not a legend anymore, if he wants to be he can still learn from the likes of dravid

Posted by Tokai69 on (January 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Samuels is also know to us for his cool. So, leave BBL and join BPL immediately!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 21, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

And what he did was right? Grabbing on David Hussey's shirt to prevent a single being taken? He won't be remembered as a legend, now he'll be remembered as the man that Warne yelled at and the man who got his face destroyed by Malinga

Posted by CoverDrive4_4 on (January 21, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Albert_cambell - Shane Warne is arguably the greatest spinner to play the game, however Samuels is a better than average batsman who has no claim to the title legend.

Warne might not have been completely entitled to do what he did, although he isn't completely to blame. Samuels is the usual bully in the street, provoking somebody to respond then letting said person respond and pulling the innocent card.

Warne has accomplished more in cricket then Samuels is ever likely to. Only thing of note is the extremely dodgy bowling action of Samuels. (Before you say it I'm not from Australia or a particular Australian fan, but I do follow the legends of the game, and Warne certainly is one of those)

Posted by rajcan on (January 21, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Shane Warne played in an era where Australian team had very good batsmen and superb fast bowlers. Warne had the luxury of batsmen who can make big totals so that Warne can bowl freely without much pressure. And also he had excellent fast bowlers in his team who build up pressure on batsmen so that Warne can be effective. Often due to the presuure from other bowlers, batsmen tend to free up against Warne and looses wicket. I totally agree, he is a good bowler who have number of wickets against his name. But is he an effective bowler when none of the other bowlers in the team building any pressure???. Answer is no, time to time he has failed to make any impact on games where other bowlers or his teammates dont have total to support. And most of his wickets are tail enders. There are great bowlers who make impact on any day and on any pitch regardless other bowlers building pressure or not.

Posted by Biggus on (January 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

@ Vsid-Not the point mate. Laying hands on an opponent is a no-no.

Posted by Ricciardo2014 on (January 21, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Being at the match, I thought Warne took it a bit too far and looked worse cos his team lost the match. But Samuels has a long, long way to go before becoming a legend. @Albert_cambell don't let your hate for Warne blind you.

Posted by ZsZs on (January 21, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Marlon Samuels has always been the ice-water for blood person for me - I have always seen him so relaxed. It takes a lot to get him out of his zone.

Posted by thebeaker on (January 21, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@Albert_cambell that is ridiculous! I am English and Shane Warne is the greatest bowler ever to grace the game!

Posted by gudolerhum on (January 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Samuels is no example for anyone. Warne's reputation is well known and he totally over-reacted. However to allow Samuels to walk away with a reprimand is really just a politically correct decision in today's environment. Malinga showed that karma must be taken into account.... I hope the injury is not too serious and Samuels does recover satisfactorily.

Posted by kokapitt on (January 21, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

so many players often interact with other players physically ,,but just in a friendly way...when there's no second run and even not a critical situation of chasing as a captain ,,you have to let it go..a man of legendary status it's too absurd to misbehave in a way that spoils cricketing spirit n even interest.samuels done the best thing to get out of the situation..and yes,,samuels,now is a LEGEND...

Posted by Royal_Rother on (January 21, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

@ Albert_Cambell - I rarely post but had to today to thank you for giving me such a good laugh. What, hang on a sec - you're serious???? Oh dear, stop - you've started me off again!!!

Posted by Nightwing32 on (January 21, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Yay I think? At least he is getting better...too bad he can't play against Australia cause he is worth watching as long as it doesn't rain.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 21, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Oh Samuels I wish you a speedy recovery as you are no doubt an exciting batsman to watch.

Posted by Vsid on (January 21, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Plastic warne way too desparate i saw samuels grabbing hussey shirt it was no way against the spirit.there was no second run. He just did as a friendly gesture. First hussey overreacted there.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 21, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

you are spot on samuels. only for aussie fans Warne is a legend. But to be honest he is just an overrated spinner. He mostly took tailender wickets. He is no match to the likes of murali,kumble, ajmal, saqlain who single handedly won many test matches for their country. Also not to mention he had a superior fast bowling attack to support him. Even underatted spinners like vettori, swann, Herath are better spinners than him.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 21, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Samuels is correct.Warne must learn to be humble.Samuels looks the stronger of the two to withdraw and restrain himself.He could have finished Warne off with only one blow.His "habit" of holding batsmen when crossing is not a suprise.He did this in the IPL and t20 World cup. why even raina does it and gets away with it. Malinga may have got his revenge at the wrong time.

Posted by Narbavi on (January 21, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

oh really? And why didn't u mention about u tugging hussey's shirt in the first place which was the only reason behind all this fiasco

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