LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced tougher sanctions related ball tampering and personal abuse by declaring it a Level three and Level two offence respectively.
According to the ICC media release, the maximum sanction for a Level 3 offence has been increased from 8 suspension points to 12 suspension points (equivalent to 6 Test matches or 12 ODIs) depending on changing the condition of the ball.
The ICC has sanctioned Level two offence on the use of personal abuse during the match and have included ‘Attempt to gain and unfair advantage (cheating, other than ball-tampering) as a Level three offence.
The ICC media release stated, “Match referees will now hear Level 1, 2 and 3 charges with a Judicial Commissioner only hearing Level 4 charges and appeals.”
In the meeting, the body also reviewed challenges to cricket from the T20 leagues, however, any final decision on the inclusion of players in the league will be taken in its session in October.