West Indies young batsman Nicholas Pooran has been handed a four T20I games ban after being found guilty of attempting to change the condition of the cricket ball during the third ODI between West Indies and Afghanistan on Monday.
Pooran breached the level 3 of ICC’s code of conduct and accepted the charge and sancation proposed by Chris Broad, who was match referee. He was caught on tape scratching the ball with his thumbnail during the third ODI in Lucknow and he will miss the next four T20I games for Windies.
The 24-year-old was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which deals with “changing the condition of the ball”. The left-hander’s offence also handed him four suspension points (which converts into five demerit points for the involved player). Four suspension points equals to a ban of two Tests or four ODI/T20I games (whichever is earlier).
“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,” Nicholas Pooran said. “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.”