Incidents of professional cricket players getting suspended for ball-tampering are many. In cricketing terms, ball-tampering refers to illegally changing the condition of the ball.
By doing so, one can easily tamper with the aerodynamics of the ball. As a result, it helps the fast bowlers generate enough swing, which makes it quite easier for them to trouble the batters.
Netherlands players traveled all the way to Afghanistan to play three-match ODI series. However, the Afghans dominated the series from the word go. They won the first ODI by 36 runs and opened their account.
Netherlands players were in a make-or-break situation after losing the first game. They didn’t handle the second game seriously as they lost the game by 48 runs and went on to lose the series.
Netherlands played the third and final ODI at Doha in an attempt to steer clear of a whitewash. Needless to say, they failed to live up to Afghanistan’s standards as they lost the dead rubber by 75 runs.
AFG vs NED: ICC suspends Vivian Kingma for ball-tampering
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) punished the bowler by handing with a four-match suspension from white-ball cricket. This means that he cannot play four ODIs or four T20Is.
Meanwhile, the fast bowler went along with the sanction imposed by Wendell La Brooy of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees. Four match officials leveled the charge on the fast bowler.
They are none other than the two on-field umpires namely Ahmed Shah Pakteen and Ahmed Shah Durrani. The third umpire Bismillah Jan Shinwari followed by the fourth umpire Izatullah Safi.
Vivian Kingma breached Article 2.14 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. This means “changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions.“
ICC hasn’t spared any cricketer who violated the norms. In a recent press release ICC wrote: “Apart from the four suspension points that resulted in the sanction, five demerit points have also been added to the disciplinary record of Kingma, for whom it was the first offense in a 24-month period.”
Level 3 violations hold a penalty of between 4 and twelve suspension points. Besides that, there will also be 5 or 6 demerit points. For the unversed, every suspension point relates to a ban from one ODI or T20I, whichever format comes first. Meanwhile, Netherlands’ fast bowler Vivian Kingma will not take part in the next four games (T20Is/ODIs) for the Netherlands.