PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Nicolas Pooran was on Wednesday handed a four-match suspension after admitting to ball-tampering in the third ODI against Afghanistan, an offence for which he also issued a public apology. Pooran is understood to have breached level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. After reviewing the incident, ICC charged Nicholas Pooran with a violation of article 2.14 of the code, which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball.’ Four demerit points were also added to Poooran’s record. Pooran reportedly accepted the charge and apologized for the error of judgment on his part. He also sent an apology to all the players involved in the match from both sides, support staff, umpires and fans all around the world. On-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani, along with third umpire Ahmed Pakteen and fourth umpire Izatullah Safi, levelled the charges on Pooran, who admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad. The Umpires shall use their judgment to apply the principle that actions taken to maintain or enhance the condition of the ball, provided no artificial substances are used, shall be permitted. Any actions taken with the purpose of damaging the condition of the ball or accelerating the deterioration of the condition of the ball shall not be permitted.
Pooran will now miss the next four T20 International games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record. The game in question took place on 14th November. After losing three consecutive ODI matches, Afghanistan have a huge chance to give a fight for the upcoming T20 series.
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