The international body of cricket, FICA has advocated the need of educational programmes to check the menace of ball-tempering in the cricket matches.
Erstwhile, three Australian players including skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain marred the reputation of the gentleman’s game of cricket by bring ball-tempering during a test match series against South Africa.
The chief executive of international cricket body, FICA, Tony Irish opines that by increasing the penalties for such menaces such as ball tempering will subsequently curtail such crisis and is the best way to educate the cricketer about the ICC’s rule and regulation.
“One of the things that we continue to advocate for is clarity in the rules and consistency in the way issues, including altering the condition of the ball, are dealt with by the ICC,” Irish told Fairfax Media.
“Clearly if the ICC increases penalties that is one way to send a message.
“Prevention is always better than a cure though and we would like to see global education standards and programmes across the game, including on codes and regulations. We have offered to work with the other global bodies, including the ICC, on co-developing and delivering these.”
The ICC has added four new code-of-conduct offences and elevated penalties for level-three offences, which include ball tampering. Players caught ball-tampering face bans of up to six Tests.
Now as per the new rules and regulations passed by the ICC, there will be four set of new Code-of-conducts offense and elevated penalties for level three offence which include ball tempering. Players caught red-handed doing ball tempering will face ban up to six months.
After the infamous Cape Town Test, Smith was suspended by the ICC for one match for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”, while Cameron Bancroft was fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points. David Warner, had escaped punishment.
However, Cricket Australia later handed Smith and Warner a one-year ban and suspended Bancroft for nine months. In June, Sri Lankan cricketer Dinesh Chandimal was found guilty of ball tampering and was given a one-Test ban.