West Indies batsmen Nicholas Pooran has been handed a four-match suspension by International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching level 3 of its Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
“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. He will now miss the next four T20I games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record,” ICC said in a statement.
West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran suspended for four games.
— ICC (@ICC) November 13, 2019
The incident took place during the third ODI between West Indies and Afghanistan.
West Indies whitewashed Afghanisthan 3-0, courtesy of five-wicket win in the third and final ODI.
After the suspension was slammed, Pooran issued a ‘sincere apology’ to his teammates, supporters and the Afghanistan team.
He added that he has recognized that he has made a huge mistake and accepts ICC penalty.
Before signing off, Pooran said that he’ll not repeat any such behaviour and will bounce back stronger and wiser.
No formal hearing was conducted as Pooran admitted the offence on Tuesday and accepted the sanction. The sanction was proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees.
The charge was levelled at Pooran by on-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani and third umpire Ahmed Pakhteen as well as fourth umpire IZatullah Safi.