New Indian Express – KOLKATA:  As the five-day meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) gets to the business end on Wednesday and Thursday, foremost on agenda will be upgrading the existing Code of Conduct for players.

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  • KOLKATA:  As the five-day meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) gets to the business end on Wednesday and Thursday, foremost on agenda will be upgrading the existing Code of Conduct for players.
  • Express understands that more severe punishments could be proposed, which might see players banned for at least a match if they threaten to bring the spirit of the game into disrepute.
  • In the aftermath of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo, where a few Bangladesh players got away without even a fine after threatening to walk out during a match, and due to incidents in the South Africa-Australia series, ICC CEO Dave Richardson had admitted that a review of the Code of Conduct was on the cards.
  • South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada recently got his ban overturned after Cricket South Africa protested ICC’s decision based on him accumulating 15 demerit points for allegedly elbowing Steve Smith.
  • As a result, the fines handed out could be limited only to small offences, and if the umpire and match referee believe the players have brought the spirit of the game into disrepute through behaviour, sledging or abusive send-offs, they are likely to get a minimum of one-match ban irrespective of demerit points.


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