Ricky Skerritt says under-fire batsman Nicholas Pooran must learn from ball tampering ban

by November 14th, 2019

Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, says under-fire batsman Nicholas Pooran must use the ball tampering incident as a learning experience.

The 24-year-old Pooran was yesterday slapped with a four-match ban by the ICC after pleading guilty to “changing the condition of the ball” during West Indies’ five-wicket win in the third One-Day International on Monday in Lucknow.

Television footage showed Pooran using his thumbnail to scratch the surface of the ball, a charge he subsequently admitted to after being reported by on-field umpires, along with the third and fourth officials.

The ban rules Pooran out of the three-match twenty20 international series against Afghanistan, and the first t20/international of the three-match series against India next month.

The Caribbean side beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening ODI last Thursday before clinching the series with a 47-run victory last Saturday.