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Dinesh Chandimal with Sri Lankan team coach. Credits: AFP

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, head coach Chandila Hathurusingha, and team manager Asanka Gurusinha have admitted to the breaching of ICC conduct of code. The code of conduct is against the spirit of the game.

Sri Lanka team had refused to take the field after the ball-tampering allegations during the Windies Test. Thus, they had broken the article 2.3.1 of the ICC code of conduct which is a level 3 offense. This could have them suspended for two Test matches as per the ICC release.

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Dinesh Chandimal with Sri Lankan team coach. Credits: AFP

Sri Lankan had refused to take the field on Day 3.

The ICC Chairman, Dave Richardson charged the trio after the Sri Lankan team had refused to take the field on Day 3 of the St Lucia Test. It caused a two-hour delay to the start of the proceedings.

Sri Lankan cricket team had refused to take the field when the match officials informed them that Dinesh Chandimal has tried to alter the condition of the ball by the use of an external substance.

Dinesh Chandimal was charged for ball tampering. Credits: AFP

Subsequently, ICC had appointed The Hon Michael Beloff QC, as the Judicial Commissioner for the hearing of the case. In fact, Dinesh Chandimal had also challenged the ball-tampering allegations.

Chandimal was handed over two suspension points by Match Referee, Javagal Srinath.

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Thus, Chandimal is all set the miss the third Test match. In fact, he also got charged with the fine of 100% match fee.

“As per Article 5.2.3, he will use Friday’s hearing in that appeal to hold a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges,” the release said.

The level 3 offense generally carries four to eight suspension points. Therefore, Dinesh Chandimal one-match suspension can get extended to two to four Test matches.

Gautam Chauhan

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