Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has appealed against the match referee’s findings that saw him suspended for one Test after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball, confirmed the ICC.

Chandimal was suspended from his side’s third and final Test against the West Indies 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.

As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal was set to miss the day/night Barbados Test, starting June 23. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these have been added to Chandimal’s disciplinary record.

Commenting on his decision, Srinath had said: “It is clear that Mr Chandimal 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.”

The sports governing body had also announced that CEO David Richardson had charged Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha of a more serious Level 3 offence which relates to conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.
The Sri Lankans were charged for holding up play for two hours on the morning of Day three of the St. Lucia Test after the umpires accused the Sri Lankan captain of ball tampering.