Five most scandalous moments in cricketing history
- While the majority of cricket has been played in the right spirit, there have been moments where the etiquette of the game has been ignored.
Cricket is a gentleman's game. Or so they say. While the vast majority of cricket has been played in the right spirit and full of integrity, there have been moments where the etiquette of the game has been tossed aside in shameful displays and acts.
This has manifested itself in the forms of poor sportsmanship, match-fixing and even accusations of racism. This article looks at the slightly darker side of cricket, exploring the dark underworld of scandalous cricket events.
#5 Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels
It is rare that cricketers actually come to blows, but things certainly got physical between Australian legend Shane Warne and West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels. During a Big Bash League match in 2013, Warne, captain of the Melbourne Stars, was unhappy with the way Samuels, playing for the Melbourne Renegades, appeared to restrain David Hussey from running the second run.
Then, when Samuels was batting and Warne was bowling, things got heated. Warne went up to him at the end of his over and asked him if he wanted to "grab anyone else", before swearing at him.
The hostilities culminated in Warne openly grabbing Samuels' shirt aggressively and throwing the ball at his back when fielding. Samuels responded by throwing his bat in Warne's direction. That was unprecedented; it is hard to think of any other time when a batsman has actively thrown his bat at someone. The tensions between the two of them still continue, and Warne has used his commentary position to criticise Samuels on numerous occasions.