ICC Asks Panel For Harsher Punishments For Future Ball-Tampering Incidents

| April 27 , 2018 , 12:00 IST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) asked an internal panel on Thursday, to levy heavy punishment on players who have been found guilty of ball-tampering or any other misbehaviour on the field.

The game’s image was sullied in Cape Town last month when Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera tampering with the ball during the third test of the ill-tempered series against South Africa.

Bancroft, then captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner, were promptly sent home and handed hefty bans by Cricket Australia.

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Addressing a news conference after an ICC board meeting, Richardson said the punishments under its code of conduct for such misbehaviours were inadequate.

“We want to move towards stricter and heavier sanction for ball-tampering and all other offences that are indicative of a lack of respect for your opponent, for the game, for the umpire, for fans, for the media etc,” he told reporters.

“We want penalties in place which act as a proper deterrent. Fines are not proving to be the answer.”

He also spoke of the possibility of getting cricket added as a sport to the Olympic Games by 2028.

“Assuming that we get all of the cricket united in the desire to be part of the Olympics, we will have a very good chance of persuading the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that cricket can add value to Olympics,” he said.

After missing the application for 2024 Paris Games with IOC, ICC is trying to eye the 2028 LA Games as the first Olympics to introduce the sport of cricket.