Nicholas Pooran banned for four T20Is
West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has been banned for four T20 matches due to ball tampering issue in the match against Afghanistan on Monday at Lucknow.
Pooran has been accused of tampering with the ball in the third ODI of the series against Afghanistan on Monday. As a result, he will not be able to play next four T20 matches under the ban of the ICC.
Pooran has committed the crime of level three breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. Where it is stated in Article 2.14, the penalty for changing the shape of the ball. Match referee Chris Broad imposed the penalty. Pooran has accepted the allegations leveled against him`.
On-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani and third umpire Ahmed Pakteen and fourth umpire Izatullah Safi complained to Chris Broad against Pooran.
Due to sanctions, he will not be able to play the upcoming T20 series against Afghanistan and then the first match against India. There will be five demerit points next to his name.
Pooran acknowledged the punishment imposed on him, saying:
“I sincerely apologize to my teammates, supporters and the Afghanistan team for what happened in Lucknow on Monday. I admit, I made a really big mistake. I fully accept the ICC penalty. I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and that it will not happen again. I want to learn from it and come back strongly.”
The West Indies won the recently concluded ODI series by 3-0 against Afghanistan. Pooran was successful with the bat throughout the series. In the second match, he was adjusted man of the match for a destructive 67-run knock off just 50 balls. In his absence, Dinesh Ramdin can be seen in the West Indies main XI.