Ball-Tampering: ICC set to increase penalty if players are found guilty

After the Australian Cricket Team came under heavy criticism for their ball-tampering scandal a few months ago, International Cricket Council (ICC) are set to tweak a few rules

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According to reports, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to push for harsher punishment for ball-tampering during its annual conference this month.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was charged for ball-tampering in the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia and the ICC said it is likely to push for upgrading ball tampering from a Level 2 offence to Level 3.

As of now, the maximum sanction under a Level 2 charge is a one-Test ban or two ODIs, while under Level 3, a player is banned for four Tests or eight ODIs.

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ICC chief executive David Richardson said the cricket committee observed ball tampering as cheating which went against the spirit of the game. Richardson said that the committee was talking about moving both ball tampering and personal abuse, foul language up to Level 3.

Earlier, ICC had asked an internal panel to suggest harsher punishment for ball-tampering and other misbehaviour by players after the meeting of the Cricket Committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble, in April.

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The annual conference will be held in Dublin later this month and a final decision will come to light once the matter is discussed.

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