WI v SL 2018: Dinesh Chandimal to miss Barbados Test as Judicial Commissioner disapproves his plea

ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath had found Chandimal guilty of tampering with the ball in St. Luica Test.

Dinesh Chandimal arguing with the umpires over the change of the ball in St. Lucia Test | Getty

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal will miss the Day-Night Test against West Indies at Barbados after the ICC appointed Judicial Commissioner, Michael Beloff, disapproved his plea against the ball tampering penalty.

Following the drawn second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in St. Lucia, ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath found Chandimal guilty of tampering with the ball. Subsequently, the ICC had suspended Chandimal for one Test and fined him 100% of his match fees.

Cricket’s governing body had also charged Sri Lanka’s head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha of a more serious Level 3 offense, along with Chandimal for a conduct which is against the spirit of the game.

It is worth mentioning here that the Sri Lankan cricket team had refused to take the field for two hours on 3rd day morning in St. Lucia, as umpires changed the ball and awarded five penalty runs to West Indies.

As per a report published in Cricbuzz, a preliminary hearing held to establish the procedural schedule determined that a full hearing for the level 3 charges would be conducted on July 10 with the sanction to follow. If found accountable, Chandimal's participation in the home Test series against South Africa could be in jeopardy.

However, with the hearing scheduled for a later date, "both Hathurusingha and Gurusinha can continue to perform their professional responsibilities," the Judicial Commissioner quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Beloff heard Chandimal’s plea on Friday (June 22) in a four-hour hearing in which both parties were represented by legal counsel.

The third and final Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka will start on Saturday (June 23) at the iconic Kensington Oval, Barbados. The hosts are currently leading the series 1-0.


By Salman Anjum - 23 Jun, 2018

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