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Nicholas Pooran handed four-match suspension for ball-tampering
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Nicholas Pooran handed four-match suspension for ball-tampering

Nicholas Pooran has been charged with altering the condition of the ball during the final ODI of the three-match series against Afghanistan at Lucknow.

Pooran has received five demerit points after admitting to violating Article 2.14 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel dealing with ball-tampering.

Video footage surfaced depicting the middle-order batsman having scraped the surface of the ball with his thumbnail in his team's series-sweeping win over Afghanistan.

His unfortunate actions got him four suspension points, equivalent to a ban of two Tests or four limited-overs games.

Pooran will thus be unavailable for the three T20I games against Afghanistan and the first match of the three T20Is against hosts India.

“I want to issue a sincere apology to my teammates, supporters and the Afghanistan team for what transpired on the field of play on Monday in Lucknow," the 24-year-old commented on his suspension.

He accepted the sanction imposed on him by match referee Chris Board due to which there was no need for a formal hearing.

"I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgment and I fully accept the ICC penalty. I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and it will not be repeated. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wiser," Pooran added.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani and third umpire Ahmed Pakteen as well as fourth umpire Izatullah Safi.

West Indies have not yet named a replacement for Pooran in the T20I squad, which will be led by white-ball captain Kieron Pollard.