Cricket - Featured - November 13, 2019

Pooran handed suspension by ICC

After a historic series win over Afghanistan, bad news comes in for West Indies Cricket.

“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 has been handed four suspension points. As a result of breaching level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. This happened during the 3rd ODI against Afghanistan on Monday at Lucknow. 

Pooran violates Article 2.14

The charges against Pooran are a violation of Article 2.14 of the code. This relates to “changing the condition of the ball”. Video footage shows Pooran scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail. Because of this, he will miss the next four T20I’s that West Indies play. Furthermore, five demerit points shall be added to his record. 

On Tuesday, Pooran admitted his offence. He has also accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad. Broad is a part of Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. Thereby, there arose no need for a formal hearing. 

“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,” Pooran said.

West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran

On-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari, Ahmed Durrani and third umpire Ahmed Pakteen have levelled charges. Fourth umpire Izatullah Safi was also involved. 

The minimum penalty for Level 3 breaches is four suspension points. This converts to five demerit points on a player’s record. The player is also handed a ban of two Test matches or four ODI / T20I matches. The maximum penalty is 12 suspension points. So to say, it converts to 6 demerit points. 

“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. 

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