Stuff – Cricketers caught ball-tampering will face harsher punishments after the ICC approved significant changes to its code of conduct in the wake of the cheating scandal involving Australians Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Summary

  • Cricketers caught ball-tampering will face harsher punishments after the ICC approved significant changes to its code of conduct in the wake of the cheating scandal involving Australians Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
  • Sanctions for level three offences have also been hardened and players found guilty of ball-tampering could be banned for up to six test matches or 12 one-day internationals (ODIs).
  • The disgraced trio were later banned from international cricket by CA (Smith and Warner for 12 months and Bancroft nine) but the ICC’s punishments under its former code of conduct were far less severe.
  • Smith initially received just a one-test ban and Bancroft three demerit points and an ICC committee, led by former India captain Anil Kumble, then recommended harsher sanctions for violations following a tempestuous test series between South Africa and Australia.
  • A level four offence would be a minimum of 12 suspension points and four new offences have been included in the code of conduct among the upgraded sanctions approved by the ICC from the committee’s recommendationsThese are: attempting to gain an unfair advantage (cheating, other than ball-tampering – level two or three), personal abuse (level two or three), audible obscenity (level one), and disobeying an umpire’s instructions (level one).


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