Racists to face life ban

After some unsavoury incidents during South Africa’s tour of Australia last season, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to make amendments to their Anti-Racism Code.

The ICC are expected to approve a range of recommendations, which would allow offending members of the crowd to be ejected from the ground, and/or face the prospect of life bans.

Under the proposed changes spectators in the crowd would be able to access an anonymous hot line to report racist behaviour.

ICC members failing to uphold the code would face the possibility of fines, and in extreme cases the removal of international status at the ground where the offence took place.

The review was undertaken by Goolam Vahanvati, India’s Solicitor General, and further recommendations were submitted by an ICC working party which included Malcolm Speed, the ICC Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia CEO, and Gerald Majola, the South African Cricket Chief.

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