Samuels believes Warne crossed the line during their confrontation
West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels believes his altercation with former Australia ‘spin king’ Shane Warne during the Big Bash League (BBL) has made him “the legend now” and added that Warne’s actions showed how “desperate” he was to win the battle between the two Melbourne-based franchises.
Samuels has already called on the BBL organisers to take a stricter stance on such incidents in the future since many families attend matches to come and see a great contest between bat and ball rather than a bare fisted brawl.
“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 inappropriate behaviour during the confrontation, where he threw his bat away after Warne struck him on the body with the ball.
BBL’s Code of Conduct commissioner John Price noted that the moment Samuels threw his bat away, he was definitely going to be charged with “extreme provocation”.
Later on in the match, Samuels suffered a serious facial injury after edging a Lasith Malinga bouncer into his own face and is currently recuperating.
After much deliberation on what had happened, Samuels finally broke his spell of silence and spoke to The Age about his incident.
”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 had sparked the whole incident when he swore at Samuels and jabbed his finger at him, while also pulling and tugging on his shirt.
Warne was acting on the behalf of batsman David Hussey, who was denied a second run earlier in the game after Samuels seemed to have intentionally blocked his way, but the charge of “engaged in deliberate or inappropriate physical contact with a player or official” was dismissed.
Warne was slapped with a one-match ban and made to pay a $4500 fine for his role in the incident.
Samuels also noted that the former ‘spin king’ had crossed the line when he swore and started tugging at his shirt.
‘You can talk in a game and try to get into someone’s head, but you don’t get physical,” Samuels said. “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.”
Speaking about the injury he suffered, Samuels was absolutely infuriated that only Malinga had come to check up on him after he had been hit and added that he would only represent the Renegades from now on.
“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.”