Pooran apologizes after four-match ball tampering ban

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    Nicholas Pooran (File photo credit: Getty Images)

    T&T and West Indies cricketer Nicholas Pooran has apologized after being banned for ball tampering in the 3rd ODI against Afghanistan.

    The ICC says Pooran was charged after video footage showed him scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail.

    Pooran admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees.

    He will now miss the next four T20I games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record.

    Pooran says, “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. I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement 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.”