The feud between West Indies star Marlon Samuels and Englishman Ben Stokes has shown no intention of dying down anytime soon after the bowler described the batsman as ‘lacking manners’.
The pair of cricketers have had bad blood brewing between them since last year when they exchanged words on-field as the West Indies hosted England during a tour of the Caribbean. Samuels famously saluted Stokes after he was dismissed during the Test match in Grenada.
The two renewed their rivalry during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup final when England lost to the West Indies. Samuels made an unbeaten 85, rescuing the West Indies from a position of 14 for three before going on to win the game. The unfortunate Stokes was hit for four sixes in the final over by Carlos Brathwaite, during which Samuels had more words for Stokes. He was subsequently fined 30 per cent of his match fee. In the subsequent press conference Samuel’s claimed Stokes ‘never learns.’
“Marlon Samuels lacks respect. You get that if you have spent any time with him on a cricket field. Marlon’s conduct after West Indies’ victory over us in this year’s World Twenty20 final showed a total disrespect for the game,” said Stokes, in his autobiography, Firestarter: Me, Cricket and The Heat of the Moment.