The International Cricket Council has given hefty consequences to the Sri Lankan trio of Dinesh Candimal, Chandika Hathurusingha, the head coach and Asanka Gurursinha, the manager. The trio was handed 8 demerit points after acting against the spirit of the game. It was during the St Lucia Test against Windies last month. They have received a suspension from both the home Tests against South Africa. The trio will also miss the four ODI’s against the same team.

They have not appealed against the sanction. Apparently, they have decided to sit out for the mentioned matches. It forces them to miss not only the Test series but also the two ODI’s scheduled to be played in Dambulla and Pallekele respectively. The trio pleaded guilty to level three offence. The charges were laid against him them by the ICC. They forced to take the field for two hours before the start of the 3rd day’s play.

ICC media release 

After the hearing took place, the decision was announced on Monday. “As eight suspension points equate to a ban from two Tests and four ODIs/T20Is or eight ODIs/T20Is, whatever comes first for the player or player support personnel, the Judicial Commissioner’s ruling means the three will also remain suspended for the Dambulla ODIs (July 29 and August 1) as well as the Kandy ODIs (August 5 and 8),” and ICC media release said.

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Dinesh Chandimal
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“Furthermore, six demerit points each have been added to the disciplinary records of Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha.

“While these are first offences for Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha, this is the second time Chandimal has been sanctioned since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. Chandimal received four demerit points for breaching Article 2.2.9 in the same Test, and, therefore, he now has 10 demerit points against his name.”

Candimal was charged by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar for altering the condition of the match ball. It was suggested that CHandimal had put something on his mouth before using his saliva to shine the ball. At first, the trio had appealed against the charge. They eventually took the field after a two hours delay. Match referee Javagal Srinath was seen in an animated discussion with the Sri Lanka team members.

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