NICHOLAS POORAN SUSPENDED FOR ALTERING CONDITION OF BALL

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Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies batsman, has been handed a four-match suspension by the International Cricket Council for ‘changing the condition of the ball’.

Five demerit points have also been added to the record of the 24-year-old, who was caught on tape scratching the ball with his thumbnail during the third ODI against Afghanistan in Lucknow on Monday and he will miss the next four T20I games for West Indies.

Pooran was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, with his offence being a Level 3 breach, and was handed four suspension points.

The minimum penalty for a Level 3 breach is four suspension points, which translates into five demerit points for the player involved. Four suspension points equates to a ban of two Test matches or four ODI/T20I matches, whichever is earlier.