News coming in from English County where Sussex seamer Mitchell Claydon has been banned for 9 matches after he admitted to altering the condition of the cricket ball during the Bob Willis Trophy match between Sussex and Middlesex. The Cricket discipline commission panel which is chaired by Mark Milliken-Smith QC imposed the nine-match suspension on the player on 30th September.
After an investigation into the matter, seamer Mitchell Claydon was charged with a breach of ECB Directives 3.3 and 3.7. as the rule for altering the condition of the ball states that
“3.3 No Participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which is improper or which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute,”.
Sussex Seamer Mitchell Claydon Suspended For 9 Matches
Since Claydon was already serving a 6 match suspension imposed by the County, the committee into account the suspension he’s already served. As a result, Mitchell Claydon has only three matches remaining in his suspension and will soon join his side after the count is over.
Well, this isn’t the first time we’re seeing a player getting suspended for altering the condition of the cricket ball. In past, we saw how three Australia players Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended by Cricket Australia for using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball during the 2018 Australia’s tour of South Africa.
Prior to this, even the likes of Shahid Afridi from Pakistan were fined for altering the condition of the ball by apparently biting it in the past. All in all, ICC are trying to be very strict with those engaging in activities of changing the condition of the ball since it’s considered a heinous crime and even regarded as against the spirit of cricket.