Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have withdrawn from the two-match Test series against South Africa at home, starting in Galle on Thursday (July 12).
Following the drawn second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in St. Lucia last month, ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath found Chandimal guilty of tampering with the ball. Cricket’s governing body had also charged Hathurusingha and 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.
"Hearing concludes. Judicial Commissioner to announce the decision in due course. In the interim, Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha, who have pleaded guilty, have agreed not to participate in both Tests versus SA. This will be credited against the sanction imposed by the commissioner," the ICC confirmed it via Twitter on Thursday (July 12).
Hearing concludes. Judicial Commissioner to announce decision in due course. In the interim, Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha, who have pleaded guilty, have agreed not to participate in both Tests v SA. This will be credited against sanction imposed by commissioner.— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) July 11, 2018
In Chandimal's absence, Suranga Lakmal has been shouldered with the responsibility to lead the Sri Lankan Test team in Galle. Lakmal had also captained the Tests side in the third and final against West Indies at Barbados. Notably, Sri Lanka had registered a four-wicket victory in the Bridgetown Test to level the series 1-1.
Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo will host the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa from July 20.
Sri Lanka Squad for South Africa Tests:
Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal(c)