Sri Lanka Sports Minister has stressed that the current rules regarding ball-tampering are “vague and lack clarity” and therefore the International Cricket Council (ICC) should come out with “simple and clear” rules.

“Laws governing the offence/act of altering the condition of the ball are somewhat vague and lack clarity,” Faiszer Mustapha said in a statement. “I invite the ICC to revisit the applicable laws and ensure that a set of simple, clear and certain rules and procedures are put in place,” he added.

The statement from the Sri Lanka sports minister comes after skipper Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were sanctioned following a tampering scandal. The trio had pleaded guilty to violating the spirit of the game last month during Sri Lanka’s second Test against the West Indies.

The Sri Lankan team was protesting the award of five runs to the West Indies after Chandimal was caught tampering with the ball during the previous day’s play. Chandimal was suspected of using saliva and a sweet that he had in his mouth to tamper with the ball in an attempt to make it spin more. His act was caught by TV cameras.

After the St. Lucia Test incident, ICC amended the rules regarding ball tampering and increased the sanction imposed on player found guilty of changing the condition of the ball. A player found guilty of ball-tampering can now be suspended for a minimum of six Tests or 12 ODIs.

Changing the condition of the ball is now listed as a level three offence, with a maximum sanction of 12 suspension points. “The maximum sanction for a Level 3 offence has been increased from 8 suspension points to 12 suspension points (equivalent to 6 Test matches or 12 ODIs),” said ICC in its media release. READ MORE