ICC increases penalty for ‘ball tampering’

The governing body of cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently released new rules and regulations regarding ICC Code of Conduct and ICC Playing Conditions.

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The penalty for ball tampering or ‘changing the condition of the ball’ has increased which is now set into a level 3 offence.

The newly introduced offences in the rules are – ‘Attempting to gain and unfair advantage (cheating, other than ball-tampering)’, ‘Personal abuse’, ‘audible obscenity ‘and ‘disobeying an umpire’s instructions’.

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The rules were approved in the ICC Board Meeting during the Dublin Annual Conference on July 2.

The changes will come into effect from September 30 in the first ODI between South Africa and Zimbabwe scheduled to be played on that date in Kimberley.

International Cricket Council has not made any serious changes to the existing playing conditions except small alterations like ‘allowing a match to be concluded before a scheduled interval’ and ‘not allowing boundary rope to be any more than 10 yards from the edge of the available playing area, unless the boundary is the maximum 90 yards from the center of the pitch.’

ICC inclined to strict rules surrounding ball tampering in the aftermath of the shaking scandal of Australia’s David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft against South Africa.

All three were handed various degrees of suspensions by ICC and Cricket Australia after the trial. Additionally, the maximum sanction for a Level 3 offence has been increased from eight suspension points to 12 suspension points (equivalent to 6 Test matches or 12 ODIs).

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