ICC has toughened the sanctions for ball tampering and personal abuse on field

International Cricket Council (ICC) just finished a meeting where the body approved a tougher code of sanctions for ball tampering and personal abuse on the field.

From now on, ball tempering will be considered a level three offense while personal abuse on the field will be considered a level two offense.

According to the new toughened sanctions, the maximum sanction for a level three offense has also been increased from 8 suspension points to 12 suspension points. This is equal to 6 test matches or 12 one day internationals.

A new offense ‘attempt to gain an unfair advantage’ has also been introduced other than ball tampering as a level three offense.

From now on Match referres will hear level 1, 2, and 3 charges while level 4 charges will be heared by a judicial commisioner only.

During the meeting, ICC also reviewed the challenges cricket is facing due to T20 leagues. ICC will take a final decision on the inclusion of players in these leagues in a session that will be held in October.

The ICC took the decision to toughen the sanctions on ball tampering especially after the recent ball-tampering cases. The body believes that in order to keep players from cheating with ball tampering, the rules need to be stricken for all formats.