Skerritt says Pooran must learn from ball-tampering incident

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt.

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 on Wednesday slapped with a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council 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.

“Mr Pooran is a young player who has made a grave error of judgement,” Skerritt said in a statement Wednesday. He will suffer the penalty and will be missed from the team as a result. I am confident that this situation will be used by Pooran, and all concerned in CWI, as a learning experience,” Skerritt said.

Nicholas Pooran

The ban rules Pooran out of the three-match Twenty20 International against Afghanistan starting next month, and the first T20I of three-match series against India next month. Further, the incident takes some of the shine off West Indies’ first one-day series win in five years and the subsequent whitewash. The Caribbean side beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening ODI last Thursday (Nov 7) before clinching the series with a 47-run victory last Saturday.