Samuels was initially diagnosed with a broken eye socket
Australia and Melbourne Stars batsman Cameron White believes West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels is not a “well-liked” man in the country after his infamous confrontation with ex-Australian ‘spin king’ Shane Warne.
White also refused to apologise for the fact that he did not come to Samuels’ aid after he was hit in the face by a Lasith Malinga bouncer that left him seriously injured.
Warne was slapped with a one-match ban and made to pay $4500 for his role in the altercation, while Samuels was also charged with breaching the Code of Conduct, but his hearing with delayed for two weeks due to his injury.
Samuels was reprimanded after Code of Conduct commissioner John Price ruled that he had thrown his bat after “extreme provocation” from Warne, who struck him with the ball.
However, the incident had started much earlier in the match when Samuels allegedly tried to intentionally stop batsman David Hussey from taking a second run.
But, Samuels was dismissed on the charge of engaging “in deliberate or inappropriate physical contact with a player or official”.
However, White was furious with the fact that Samuels had not been given a harsher punishment, especially given the way he threw his bat.
“Being provoked, I don’t think you can use that as an excuse,” White said. “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.”
After being struck on the face by Malinga’s bouncer, only the Sri Lankan bowler himself went to Samuels’ aid, while White, who stated that he had plenty of reasons not to help Samuels, just stood where he was and looked on as the West Indian all-rounder received treatment on the field.
“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.”