Dinesh Chandimal to escape further sanctions by Sri Lanka Cricket

SLC has decided not to take any further action on the matter after the ICC sanctioned Chandimal.

Dinesh Chandimal (AFP)

Dinesh Chandimal, who was recently charged by the ICC for altering the condition of the ball in the St. Lucia Test of the just-concluded Test series in the West Indies, will not be sanctioned any other charge on him by the Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC). In a good news for Sri Lanka's Captain, his home board has decided not to take any inspiration from Cricket Australia, which banned the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after they were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa this March. 

Chandimal missed his team's last Test against Windies in Barbados after being suspended for ball tampering. He faces further ICC sanctions after accepting to a Level 3 charge that relates to bringing disrepute to the game. Along with Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were also charged after they held up play for two hours on the third day of the second Test in St. Lucia because of a disagreement to take the field on Day 4 of the second Test. 

 Faizer Mustapaha, the Minister of Sports, was quoted saying about the whole matter as, "I am disturbed about the team not taking the field. It was wrong not to take the field. This should not have happened. But I can understand the team trying to back the captain,"

"We regret the team not going onto the field for two hours. We should maintain discipline of the highest order. SLC is committed to spirit of cricket. We maintained that Chandimal was innocent, but the ICC has issued a sanction and we abide by it," 

The team manager, Asanka Gurusinha also talked about the matter and apologised for the team's actions by saying,  "We were aware of the rules. When they sent us the charge sheet, all three of us accepted it. We were too emotional when we were informed that the captain was charged for ball tampering. We made a mistake and regret it," 

"My worry is that we will be without the services of our captain for the upcoming South African series. We are hoping that the ICC will reduce the punishment. We have accepted the charge and now we are hoping that both our captain and coach will be available for the South Africa series"

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)

By Kashish Chadha - 30 Jun, 2018

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