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Nicholas Pooran suspended for four matches for ball tampering

West Indies cricketer Nicholas Pooran has been banned for four matches for trying to 'change the condition of the ball'. Video footage from the 3rd T20I against Afghanistan on Monday showed him scratching the ball with his nails.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 13, 2019 4:34:02 pm
Nicholas Pooran Nicholas Pooran will miss the next four T20Is for West Indies (File Photo)

West Indies cricketer Nicholas Pooran has been banned for four matches for trying to ‘change the condition of the ball’ during the 3rd T20I against Afghanistan in Lucknow on Monday.

“Nicolas Pooran has been handed four suspension points after admitting breaching level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel…,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

“Pooran was charged with violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball’ after video footage showed him scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail,” it added.

Pooran admitted the offence on Tuesday and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad.

Video footage from Monday’s match – which West Indies won, to seal the bilateral series 3-0 – showed Pooran scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail.

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Pooran will miss the next four T20Is for West Indies and five demerit points will be added to his record.

Pooran was quoted in the ICC release: “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. I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement 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.”

Chasing 250 for a win on Monday, Shai Hope, opening the innings, smashed three sixes and eight fours in his 145-ball unbeaten-109 to help West Indies overhaul the target, scoring 253 for 5 in 48.4 overs. Pooran contributed with a 21 but it was act caught on camera in the first innings that has got him into trouble.

According to statistician Mazher Arshad, Pooran is the first player from the West Indies to be suspended for ball tampering. This is the 15th major incident of ball tampering in international cricket.

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