The ball tampering issue in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka was given a new light as Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha, all three admitted to breaching Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
In their press release, the ICC has written that in accordance of Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, has appointed The Hon Michael Beloff QC as the Judicial Commissioner to hear the case and announce the appropriate sanctions.
Chandimal has appealed against the match referees’ decision for changing the condition of the ball, and in accordance of Article 5.2.3, will use Friday’s hearing in that appeal to hold a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson had charged the three Sri Lankans as they were involved in the Lankan team refused to take the field on Day Three at St. Lucia, causing a delay of two hours.
This action was alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game. All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.