Kuala Lumpur: The Executive Board of the International Cricket Council on Friday decided to impose stiff penalties on countries that do not keep up prior commitments.
| According to an official press release, stringent new penalties for fixture breakers will be adopted, based on the following process: Non-complying countries will face financial penalties of at least $ 2 million, which would be paid to the affected country. For Test tours, the affected country would receive two ICC Test Championship points, as though it had won the series, with the offending countries further penalised by the deduction of two points. An ICC Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC) will adjudicate contested cases. Countries would be exempt from penalties if fixtures were cancelled due to force majeure, natural disaster, war, or where the safety of players and officials was proven to be at risk. The new system will be enforced by binding contract, signed by all member countries. "This decision reflects the priority that world cricket has to give to protecting its calendar of fixtures. We have to be tough in protecting the integrity of the Future Tours Programme from willful disruption, hence the introduction of these severe financial and points deduction penalties," ICC president Malcolm Gray said. |