Big Bash League 2012-13 January 22, 2013

Samuels 'not well liked' - White

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Cameron White, the Melbourne Stars batsman, has labelled as "remarkable" the reprimand given to his Melbourne Renegades opponent Marlon Samuels over the altercation that earned Shane Warne a one-match BBL suspension. White has also refused to apologise for not going to the aid of Samuels when he suffered a severe facial injury from a Lasith Malinga bouncer later in the same match.

Warne was banned for a match after he grabbed the shirt of Samuels during the second innings of the January 6 game and while Samuels was also charged with breaching the Code of Conduct, his hearing was delayed by a fortnight due to his injury. Samuels was let off with a reprimand after the Code of Conduct commissioner John Price ruled that Samuels threw his bat after "extreme provocation" from Warne, who had just thrown a ball that hit Samuels.

However, the problems had started with an incident earlier in the match when Samuels was bowling and appeared to grab the Stars batsman David Hussey, who was turning to complete a second run. The charge that emerged from that incident, that Samuels "engaged in deliberate or inappropriate physical contact with a player or official", was dismissed.

"Being provoked, I don't think you can use that as an excuse," White said in Melbourne on Tuesday. "It's remarkable, isn't it? How many times have you seen someone throw their cricket bat on a cricket field and get [reprimanded] for being extremely provoked? I've never seen it before. That's what the judiciary came up with."

The heated nature of the match continued when Samuels was struck by a bouncer and the only Stars player who came to check on his welfare was the bowler, Malinga. The injury proved to be serious enough to rule Samuels out of the upcoming ODI series against Australia and meant he was confined to his hotel room for the past two weeks, but White said there were a number of reasons the Stars players did not come to Samuels' aid.

"I don't think he's very well-liked, definitely not just from the Stars' point of view but probably in Australian cricket," White said. "People think he carries on a bit. There's probably a few reasons [we didn't check on him]. We were quite busy."

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  • sam on January 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Except Malinga, there was no other gentleman on that pitch that day. It was a disgrace. Whether you like someone or not, not to show concern when someone is seriously hurt shows you in very poor taste. Imagine it happening to you.

  • jaswant on January 23, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    A man got hit,no one knows how serious the injury is,yet no one had the heart to render assistance.The world should despie White, and those that were on the field.My God, these guys are heartless.In the course of looking at cricket,Australia has always exhibited poor on field comradry to their opposition.There are some great ethical men that represented that country,but that number is out numbered.

  • Ian on January 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Sounds like Cameron White is jealous that Marlon Samuels has resurrected his international career in style whereas he, White, lacks the spine or talent to do so.

    If the bat had hit Warne, it might have knocked some sense in.

  • James on January 23, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Cameron White should concentrate on his own game instead of coming out with this kind of vitriol. Meaningless T20 competitions should be played in far better spirit.

  • Sakthi on January 23, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Love your enemies that what bible says. But these cricketers not even care for injured players, Good that at-least Malinga checked. T20 league are for fun, dont make it serious. Keep the gentleman's game alive.

  • Prem on January 23, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Comments and behaviour from Warne and White in poor taste. They can't stand losing.

  • ABDUL on January 23, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    There is banter between teams but shane Warne went to farand paid the price, As for the injury to Samuels when your team mates are not intrested in your welbeing that is not on.

  • John on January 23, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    It seems like all the players are full of it on this matter. Samuels started the whole affair and should have been punished for doing so. Warne had no cause to carry it on and deserves what he got. Samuels then carried it on further and should have been punished for that too. Samuels is a bit of a prima donna and I believe White when he says that he is not well liked, but I bet White is buddies with Australian players who behave the same way. Regardless of how well liked Samuels is, for noone to show any concern when he was obviously in severe distress from having been struck is a disgrace and I'm quite sure that Australian players would be quick to say so if it was one of theirs left bleeding on the ground while the fielding side were "quite busy" with their slow over rate.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Why Australians always find a way to harass key players of opposition teams is not surprising. Hey how many times other players, Aussies included, get favorable treatment from referees. What's going on here. I suspect that there is more to this than meets the eye. Aussies are afraid of Samuels ability and are out to target him.

  • Pad on January 23, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Dude!! there is a cricketer on the ground bleeding with a wakk on the his face.... you dont like him, he was miss behaving and ten of your boys were busy to go check how he was????? Go pick another sport like boxing or something... this is cricket!! In which school of personal values you were groomed from????

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