White amazed at Samuels’ BBL reprimand

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    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.”

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    • January 23rd 2013 @ 5:59am
      Nick said | January 23rd 2013 @ 5:59am | ! Report

      White is an absolute idiot. Guy has a fractured eye socket and you don’t bother with him because you think he “carries on a bit”?. Shameful. But to be honest, exactly what one might expect from someone like him

    • January 23rd 2013 @ 8:57am
      Tony Tea said | January 23rd 2013 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      So, Hurlem Samuels is allowed to both chuck the ball AND chuck the bat (underarm). BBL = farce.

      • January 23rd 2013 @ 1:21pm
        Jutsie said | January 23rd 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

        Twenty 20 cricket has been a farce from the get go, if you didnt have international draw cards like samuels playing no one would bother to watch what is basically a glorified exhibition match.

      • January 23rd 2013 @ 2:33pm
        Paul S said | January 23rd 2013 @ 2:33pm | ! Report

        Not really sure what chucking has to do with this – if Samuels is dodgey then it’s up to the officials and umpires to sort it out, not Warne and his lackey White. Or do they think only players that are personally approved by them be allowed to play?

    • January 23rd 2013 @ 9:28am
      Lindsay said | January 23rd 2013 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Cameron White should be charged with a disciplinary offence for his comments on the penalty given to Samuels. Why does he presume to speak for “australian cricket”? We were too “busy” to be concerned about an opponent’s fractured eye socket??? He is a disgrace and unfortunately only reinforces the ‘ugly Australian’ stereotype.

    • January 23rd 2013 @ 9:36am
      Happy Hooker said | January 23rd 2013 @ 9:36am | ! Report

      White is an under achiever that would say anything in defence of his mate Shane Warne.

      Samuels did not hurl his bat AT Warne, whereas Warne deliberately through the ball at Samuels. The judiciary got it right in the case of Samuels, and went too easy on Warne.

      • January 23rd 2013 @ 10:19am
        jameswm said | January 23rd 2013 @ 10:19am | ! Report

        Warne didn’t “throw” the ball at Samuels. He lobbed it. A throw is overarm. It was never going to hurt the slightest bit. It was intended to annoy and stir Samuels. Don’t make it more than it was.

        Both Warne and Samuels should have got a lot more than they did.

        • January 23rd 2013 @ 11:46am
          Nick Inatey said | January 23rd 2013 @ 11:46am | ! Report

          @jameswrn and Tony Tea

          You two are way off the mark here. Shane Warne deliberately provoked Samuels, and irrespective of whether the ‘lobbed’ ball was going to hurt or not, I have NEVER seen an incident like that on a cricket field…an actual calculated and systematic attempt to provoke someone. It’s far different from when a fast bowler snaps and hurls a ball back, as it was never premeditated, just a spur of the moment venting of rage.

          Yes, Samuels should have been given a bit more than a reprimand.

          Warne should have been given an extra match suspension for not showing the slightest bit of sportsmanship when Samuels got hurt. It is sad that only another international cricketer came to his aid.

          Cameron White is a talentless disgrace.

          • January 23rd 2013 @ 12:42pm
            The Dish said | January 23rd 2013 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

            So Samuels had no choice but to throw his bat? You are right though, it is different from a fast bowler hurling the ball back, the fast bowler usually throws it at the batsmen much harder.

            I think everyone comes out of this looking bad. Although whilst I may not agree, I can see where White is coming from but what is Samuels on about “So I am the legend now”?

    • January 23rd 2013 @ 9:52am
      Sailosi said | January 23rd 2013 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      This is a terribly sad look for cricket, cricket in Australia and Cameron White. Marlon Samuels did not behave in a manner that was in the spirit of cricket but the actions of the Stars players after the incident was disgraceful. To make these stupid assumptions that Marlon Samuels isn’t well liked and to not show a seriously injured player a slither of compassion is both rude and childish.

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      January 23rd 2013 @ 9:53am
      Rellum said | January 23rd 2013 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Those are disgraceful comments from White. Shows what type of person he must be. He may not like Samuels, but you always check on an injured person, let alone opposition player.

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