Sydney, Feb 14 (ANI): Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper has lamented all rounder Marlon Samuels' mistreatment during his ill-fated Big Bash League stint with Melbourne Renegades.
Former Australian all rounder Darren Lehmann publicly questioned the legitimacy of Samuels' bowling action in December while spin legend and Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne was found guilty of making inappropriate physical contact and verbal abuse during a fiery January 6 Melbourne derby, News.com.au reports.
Hooper said he spoke with Samuels and came to know that Australian batsman Cameron White had claimed that the Caribbean all rounder was not liked, but the 102-Test batsman said he had found Samuels ok and was surprised to see some of the responses coming.
Hooper added if some one has an issue with Samuels' action then they should probably report it to the match referee, adding it didn't look good for cricket.
Warne copped a one-ban and 4500 dollar fine while Lehmann copped a suspended 3000 dollar fine for their troubles.
Samuels only received a reprimand for a bizarre clutch at Stars batsman David Hussey's shirt to prevent him from attempting a run in the January 6 clash at the MCG, the paper reported.
Hooper said Samuels shouldn't have blocked Hussey and he can't condone that, adding it didn't look good either.
Hooper claimed the West Indies 5-0 losing score line in the one-day series against the Aussies could have been different if Samuels played and hadn't had been floored by a bouncer from Stars slinger Lasith Malinga. (ANI)