Melbourne Stars’ batsman Cameron White says he finds it remarkable that Marlon Samuels can escape with a reprimand for hurling his bat at Shane Warne.
The BBL finally handed down a verdict on Monday night on a charge of unbecoming behaviour levelled against Melbourne Renegades’ batsman Samuels following their heated Melbourne derby on January 6.
An underarm throw from Warne hit Samuels, which prompted the West Indian import to hurl his bat in the direction of Warne.
Cricket Australia Commissioner John Price said in his findings from the code-of-behaviour hearing that Samuels had been officially reprimanded.
“The player’s conduct resulted from extreme provocation,” Price said.
The hearing had been delayed because Samuels suffered a fractured eye socket during his innings against the Stars and has been recuperating before heading home to the West Indies on Tuesday.
Samuels is still complaining the Stars’ players didn’t show him enough love while he was laying on the turf injured.
White, however, has refused to apologise for not going to the aid of Samuels.
White is also baffled at how Samuels has avoided suspension.
“Being provoked, I don’t think you can use that as an excuse,” White told reporters 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.”
Samuels says he’s staggered the bowler Lasith Malinga was the only Stars’ player to ask about his welfare after he was struck in the eye.
“The rest of the players, what were you doing? It’s not a war – it’s a game,” Samuels told Fairfax Media.
“We’re here to entertain people, but we’re here to show love to one another as cricketers as well.”
But White says it was just one of those things in the heat of battle.
“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 (the Stars’ players didn’t check on his welfare). We were quite busy.”
Samuels says he was shocked at the antics of the high-profile Warne, the face of the tournament. The veteran swore at Samuels and grabbed at his shirt.
“He was a very desperate man doing desperate things,” Samuels 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.”