Manchester: West Indies captain Jason Holder called for stern action against players convicted of making racist comments and said they should be punished just like the players convicted for doping and match-fixing. Holder told BBC Sport, "I don't think the punishment for racism should be different from the punishment for doping or corruption." He said, "If there are some issues in our game, then we should deal with them equally." International Cricket Council rules allow a player to be banned for life for making racist remarks on the field if he has violated the Anti-Racial Code three times.
For the first time, four to eight suspension points are added to the player's account. Two suspension points equals one Test or two One Day Internationals or two T20 Internationals. Holder, who leads the side in a three-Test series against host England starting July 8, said that players should be introduced to anti-racial things before each series.