The International Cricket Council (ICC) is now very strict against dishonesty in cricket. After two ball-tempered incidents in recent times, the ICC has now increased the punishment for a player found guilty. Now if a player is found guilty of ball-tampering then he will be banned from 6 Tests or 12 ODIs.
The ICC has taken this decision during its annual meeting here in Dublin. In the meeting, the code of conduct has also been changed. According to the new rules, the level-2 crime has been upgraded to crime level 3.
On receiving the first eight suspension point scores, the player was banned from four Tests or 8 ODI matches But now it has been increased to 12 suspension points, whereby the player will now be banned from 6 Tests or 12 ODIs.
Moral Pressure on ICC:
After finding Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft guilty in the batt-tampering case in South Africa this March, the ICC was morally pressurized to make the punishment of Level 3 offense harsher.
In the meeting chaired by former Indian captain Anil Kumble, it was decided that the ICC will now take strict action against the violation of the Code of Conduct. Chief Executive David Richardson was also present at the meeting.
The Cricket Committee also said that the match referee will also hear the charges against Level-1, 2 and Level-3. This is also a good thing.
Apart from this, it has been decided to strictly ban the players for poor behavior. With this, the ICC has ordered Sri Lanka Cricket to conduct elections within six months. At the same time, the ICC has decided to support Zimbabwe cricket financially to improve its structure.
Ball-Tampering cases in recent past:
Cricket Australia (CA) had banned Smith and Warner for one year at the time of ball-tampering and nine months ban on the Bancroft. In the recent past, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal was banned for a match in the ball-tampering case.