DUBAI, Nov 13: West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Nicolas Pooran was on Wednesday handed a four-match suspension after admitting to ball-tampering in the third ODI against Afghanistan, an offence for which he also issued a public apology.
Pooran will now miss the next four T20 International games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record. The game in question took place in Lucknow on Monday.
�Nicolas Pooran has been handed four suspension points after admitting breaching level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel...,� the International Cricket Council said in a statement.
�Pooran was charged with violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to �changing the condition of the ball� after video footage showed him scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail,� it added.
Pooran admitted the offence on Tuesday and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad. � PTI