ICC Decision: 6 Tests or 12 ODI ban for ball tampering

Audible obscenity and disobeying an umpire's instructions are two new level 1 offences.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been banned for their involvement in ball-tampering.   -  Getty Images

The ICC will impose a ban of minimum six Tests or 12 ODIs on ball tamperers after stronger sanctions for ball tampering and personal abuse were introduced at the 75th Annual Conference in Dublin.

Altering the condition of the ball, earlier a Level 2 offence, is now a Level 3 offence and will carry 12 suspension points.

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Audible obscenity and disobeying an umpire's instructions are two new level 1 offences.

Another significant development is the sanction on the number of private T20 leagues a player can take part in. The apex body wants to reign in on T20 freelancers who are trading national duty in order to play domestic leagues.

While the ICC didn’t clarify how many leagues a cricketer can play, it is understood to be not more than 3.

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