ICC To Go Hard On Player Behaviour, Stricter Punishment for Ball Tampering

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On the final day of a week of ICC meetings in Kolkata, the ICC Code of Conduct review was discussed the week in Kolkata, with both the ICC Board and Member Chief Executives united in their commitment to address player behaviour. There was clear direction from both to move towards stricter and heavier sanctions for ball tampering and other offences which were indicative of a lack of respect, this would include abusive language, send-offs and dissent to an umpire’s decision.“The Code of Conduct review is a crucial piece of work and my fellow Board directors and I are committed to seeing an improvement in player behavior and ensuring a culture of respect across our sport. We will consider tougher sanctions as we work to create a culture of respect,” said ICC CEO David Richardson.

All member women’s teams will be awarded T20I status on July 1, whilst all member men’s teams will be awarded T20I status on January 1, 2019 following the cut-off point for qualification to the ICC World T20 2020. Rankings for women and men will be introduced in October 2018 and May 2019 respectively.

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