Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss his side’s third and final day/night Test against the West Indies to be played at Barbados starting Saturday after his appeal against a one-match ball-tampering suspension was rejected.
Chandimal was suspended from the third Test after he was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day’s play of the second Test, which concluded at Gros Islet on Monday.
During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, Chandimal had admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn’t able to recall what it was. Javagal Srinath, the ICC match referee, had handed Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee. However, the Sri Lanka captain had appealed against the suspension given by Srinath.
ICC Judicial Commissioner Michael Beloff QC dismissed Chandimal’s appeal after a four-hour hearing on Friday during which both parties were represented by legal counsel.“The original decision of the ICC match referee Javagal Srinath, handing Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 percent of his match fee, will stand,” ICC said in a statement.
“Chandimal will therefore miss the day/night Barbados Test, which commences on Saturday. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these will remain on Chandimal’s disciplinary record,” the ICC statement added.
The cricket governing body further said that it would provide Beloff’s “written reasoned decision” on June 27.
Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha had previously admitted breaching the “spirit of cricket” by refusing to play for two hours. The three were charged by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Tuesday for their involvement in the Sri Lanka cricket team’s refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of Saturday’s play, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play.
The breaches carry an imposition of four to eight suspension points and a hearing on those will be held on July 10. Until then, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha can continue in their roles.
The Windies are currently leading 1-0 in the three-Test series.