Radio New Zealand – The International Cricket Council has introduced harsher sanctions for ball-tampering with guilty players now facing a ban for six Tests or 12 one-dayers.

Summary

  • The International Cricket Council has introduced harsher sanctions for ball-tampering with guilty players now facing a ban for six Tests or 12 one-dayers.
  • Tougher punishments for ball-tampering have been on the cards since incidents during this year’s third test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.
  • They resulted in Cricket Australia banning its team captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for a year and batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months.
  • The ICC’s code of conduct was previously far less severe, having handed a one-test suspension to Smith and three demerit points to Bancroft for their conduct in Cape Town.
  • “I’d like to thank the Cricket Committee and the Chief Executives for their commitment to improving player behaviour in the game and supporting the introduction of new offences and greater sanctions,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said.


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