Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal gets one-Test suspension for 'changing the condition of ball'

Sport360 staff 21:52 19/06/2018
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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.

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