Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal will miss the day-night Test against the Windies at Barbados, as he will serve a suspension for his alleged ball-tampering during the 2nd Test.
The ICC appointed Judicial Commissioner, Michael Beloff rejected Chandimal’s appeal against the sanction which was levelled against him and two members of the team management on ball-tampering.
He was found guilty of altering the condition of the ball on Day 2 of the St Lucia Test. It relates to direct breach of clause 41.3 of ICC’ Standard for Test match playing conditions. For his foul play, Chandimal got levied four demerit points which is equivalent to two suspension points.
For his involvement in the fiasco, Chandimal was also fined 100% of his match fees by match-referee, Javagal Srinath.
As a result of the controversy and their acceptance of the situation head coach, Chandika Hathurusingh and team manager, Asanka Gurusinha also got charged under Level 3 offence for “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of cricket”.
Sri Lanka refused to take the field on Day 3 of the 2nd Test for almost two hours. It almost proved to be the 2nd ever forfeit in Test cricket history. The match officials demanded a change of ball and awarded five penalty runs to the hosts.
A preliminary hearing has already been held. However, a full hearing for all the Level 3 Charges will get conducted on 10th July.
A sanction will follow after that. If found guilty, Chandimal’s participation in the home Test series against the Proteas will get jeopardized. All breaches under Level 3 offence carries an imposition between four to eight demerit points.
However, the hearing is scheduled to be held in a later stage. Meanwhile, the commissioner said Hathurusingha and Gurusinha could continue their professional responsibilities. The Chairman of ICC Code of Conduct of commision, Beloff heard the appeal on Friday. It was a four-hour hearing which was represented by the legal counsel in both the parties.
Lakmal to lead Lanka
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