Marlon Samuels is retiring from big-time cricket
Marlon Samuels is retiring from big-time cricket. Twice World champion, European champion, best T-20 player in 2012 and 2016, three times winner of cricket World Cup, only one who participated four times in ICC final, and this is not all credit to Marlon Samuels for almost 23 years of a sports career, which he decided to end this year.
According to official online publication ESP-Ncricinfo, 39-year-old Marlon Samuels told Cricket West Indies (CWI) about his retirement in June this year, but promised to play until the end of the season. «I feel extremely happy that I was able to fulfill my dream of becoming a professional player,» - Marlon Samuels said in a video message posted on the ESP-Ncricinfo website.
«It seems like the right time to leave. To think that I'm ending my playing days at age of 39, after all, injury setbacks I've had a long way, I feel so ridiculously happy».
Samuels, who started his interstate profession back in 2000, has also provided several T-20 deductibles around the world. During his long career in sports, he has played for many teams:
- Delhi Daredevils;
- Pune Warriors;
- Melbourne Renegades;
- Peshawar Zalmi.
But his field was not without scandals.
During a career full of conflict, Samuels had to serve a 2-year prohibition for bribery. In 2008, he was banned by ICC after being found guilty of «taking means» and bringing «game of cricket into notoriety». And for six years prior to that, he was nearly sent home for violating a team curfew in India. He was also banned from playing cricket for a year after his actions were deemed illegal in 2015.
Samuels, who has played 71 Tests, 207 ODIs, and 67 t20s at the interstate level, throw 11,134 interethnic runs, including 1,700 in all formats. He also has 152 international wickets to his name. His quick 78th run kicked 56 goals against Sri Lanka, and his 1/15 with the ball helped Windies seal the win.
In the 2016 T20 World Cup final in Calcutta, Samuels turn the only man to be named player of the match in two ICC finals after hitting an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls.
And so, on Tuesday, on 3rd November, a few days after his team played their last IPL 2020 match, he confirmed that he was bringing the curtain down on 20 years of professional cricket and retiring.
Marlon Samuels does not give a clear answer about what he plans to do next. However, 1xbet has heard rumors that Samuels has already signed a contract for 2021 with the youth cricket team, before which he will appear as a second coach.