The International Cricket Council has adopted tougher sanctions against players who are found guilty of ball-tampering.
Following discussions at its annual conference in Dublin, world cricket’s governing body increased the maximum level of punishment for the offence of “changing the condition of the ball”, so that culpable players can now be banned for six Test matches or 12 one-day internationals.
ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement: “It is vital that there is a strong deterrent to both players and administrators to ensure we have high standards of conduct in our game. We have more than a billion fans and we must not give any of them any reason to doubt the high levels of integrity within our sport.”
Ball-tampering came under the spotlight when cricket Australia suspended Steve Smith and David Warner from international cricket for a year and Cameron Bancroft for nine months following their actions during a Test against South Africa in March.
Applying its previous code-of-conduct sanctions, the ICC issued a one-Test ban to Australia captain Smith and three demerit points for Bancroft.
Also, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was suspended for one Test in the West Indies for altering the condition of the ball.
Australia‘s Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has been signed up by the Trinbago Knight Riders for the 2018 Caribbean Premier League after Pakistan star leg-spinner Shadab Khan was no longer available for the tournament.
The CPL 2018 will run from August 8 to September 16 with Ahmed set to prove his mettle in the Caribbean.
An experienced leg-spinner, the 36-year-old Ahmed has represented Australia five times in limited-overs cricket and has played T20 cricket for Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. In all, Ahmed has 35 T20 wickets at an average of 28 and an economy of seven.
Talking about the signing of Ahmed, Venky Mysore, director of TKR, said: “We were hugely disappointed to lose out on Shadab for this year’s tournament but Fawad is a fantastic replacement. As a bowler who can turn the ball both ways we are sure he will be a fantastic addition to the TKR squad for the 2018 season.”
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