Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for one Test after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball, the International Cricket Council has announced.
The incident happened during day two of the second Test against the West Indies in Gros Islet, a match which finished in a draw on Monday. Chandimal, who has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee and given two suspension points, will now miss the third and final Test against the Windies.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was charged with “changing the condition of the ball”.
The charge come after a ball-tampering row during the ongoing second Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Gros Islet. West Indies were awarded five penalty runs after umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould raised concerns about the condition of the ball during the second day’s play on Friday.
Match referee Javagal Srinath said: “After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct.”
Also, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged with “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.
The three were charge by the ICC for their involvement in the Sri Lanka team’s refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of Saturday’s play, which caused a two-hour delay.
“This action is alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game. If any of the three plead not guilty, then the ICC, as per Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, will appoint a Judicial Commissioner from its Code of Conduct Commission to determine the matter,” the ICC said.
Dale Steyn has probably endured the most frustrating phase of his illustrious career over the past year or so. The South Africa pace ace was out of action for almost a year after fracturing his shoulder during the series against Australia in 2016-17.
Then, he suffered a freak injury on his return to the South African side during the first Test against India earlier this year.
That meant another lengthy spell on the sidelines for the express pacer. That grim picture has been changing recently with Steyn completing his return to competitive cricket for Hampshire in the ongoing One-Day Cup.
There was further good news for the stalwart when he was named in the South African Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
While it is great to see the pacer’s career get back on track after a spate of unlucky injuries, it was even more heartwarming to see Steyn come together with pace legends Wasim Akram and Jeff Thomson during a recent event at the Lord’s cricket ground in London.
The legendary Pakistan pacer posted a picture of the three stalwarts on Twitter with a caption which read: “Five decades of fast bowling and over 1,100 Test wickets between us. Dale Steyn, Jeff Thomson and I catching up last night in the Long room at Lords.”
Steyn wasted no time in returning the compliment to Pakistan and Australia fast-bowling greats.
The 34-year-old replied to the Twitter post, saying, “You two are legends! Never thought a kid from Phalaborwa would hang out with my heroes! “
The South Africa pacer is currently on track to become the country’s highest wicket-taker in the Test cricket and he will be eyeing the tour of Sri Lanka to achieve the feat. The right-armed bowler has picked up 419 wickets in just 86 Tests so far and trails Shaun Pollock (421) by only two wickets.
Steyn had recently spoken about his target of breaking that record while announcing him ambitions of playing in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.
Key all-rounder Stokes was not officially named on Tuesday morning in a 14-man squad which does contain the uncapped Sam Curran – who made his Test debut at Headingley this month.
England announced the previous day that the hamstring tear Stokes suffered before that Test against Pakistan was “progressing well”, and it was hoped he may be able to play in the three-match Twenty20 series starting against India on July 3.
That option still appears possible, because the key all-rounder will travel with the squad chosen for those three matches and the one-off fixture against Australia which will follow the ongoing one-day international series – at Edgbaston on June 27.
Seamer Mark Wood is rested from the squad, with Jake Ball instead in the running to win his first Twenty20 cap, while there are a clutch of notable omissions.
Batsman Dawid Malan has made four half-centuries in just five Twenty20 appearances to date – including two in succession in England’s most recent matches in New Zealand last winter. He averages exactly 50 in the format, with a strike rate above 150.
There is no place for him, however, along with short-format regulars Sam Billings and Liam Dawson – while Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow return alongside Moeen Ali, after the Yorkshire pair were rested from England’s Twenty20 programme last winter.
The England and Wales Cricket Board attached a brief statement to the squad announcement.
It read: “Durham seamer Mark Wood is rested.
“All-rounder Ben Stokes will be with the squad throughout the series as he continues his rehabilitation from his torn left hamstring.”
As expected, Chris Woakes is not yet fit after tearing his thigh and having an injection in a knee injury which England have described as “chronic”.
He still hopes to be available again in time for the three-match ODI series against India, which starts on July 12.
England Twenty20 squad (v Australia and India):
EJG Morgan (Captain), MM Ali, JM Bairstow, JT Ball, JC Buttler (wkt), SM Curran, TK Curran, AD Hales, CJ Jordan, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, DJ Willey