The governing body for world cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the suspension of a major West Indies player. Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies batsman was on Monday handed a four-match suspension by ICC over remarks of Ball-Tampering during the recently concluded three-match ODI series against Afghanistan.
As per the media release of ICC stated that the player was found breaching level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. He was charged for violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to “changing the condition of the ball” after he was found scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail in a video from the match
There wasn’t any formal hearing for the incident as Pooran himself accepted his mistake after the alleged event. The incident was leveled by the on-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani, while the third and fourth umpires, Ahmed Pakteen and Izatullah Safi agreed to the decision.
"I want to issue a sincere apology to my teammates, supporters, and the Afghanistan team for what transpired on the field of play on Monday in Lucknow," said Pooran.
"I recognize that I made an extreme error in judgment and I fully accept the ICC penalty. I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and it will not be repeated. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wiser," he further added.
The player has been suspended for the act and will be seen missing out on the next four T20I games for the West Indies. He will also be given five demerit points for the same.