Chandimal appeals against match referee's findings

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Dinesh Chandimal has appealed against match referee Javagal Srinath’s findings that saw him suspended for one Test after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Gros Islet.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Tuesday charged Sri Lanka captain Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha with a breach of Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”. While Chandimal has appealed, he could stand to miss both Tests against South Africa in July and further ODIs if found guilty.

On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough had charged Chandimal after play on Saturday for changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions.

The officials laid the charge after television footage from the final session’s play on Friday appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking substance out from his left pocket and putting them in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition.

Chandimal had pleaded not guilty to breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after which ICC match referee Srinath held a hearing following the conclusion of the St Lucia Test.

"After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh 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," Srinath said in the release.

"The footage shows that upon receiving the ball, Dinesh took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. After sucking or chewing whatever he put in his mouth for a few seconds, Dinesh then proceeded to spit on his finger and polish the ball with his saliva which would have contained the residue of the artificial substance that he had in his mouth, on two separate occasions.

"During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn't remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defence and the fact remains it was an artificial substance.

"In the pre-series briefing held on the back of the ICC Cricket Committee recommendations, both the sides were explicitly told that the match officials would be extra vigilant towards all aspects of fair play, including changing the condition of the ball and as such it is disappointing that this has happened."

According to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, the cricket committee "viewed" ball tampering as "cheating" which went against the spirit of cricket. "Therefore, they (committee) were very strong that we need to increase the sanctions available for that type of conduct," Richardson told ESPNcricinfo. "So we are talking moving both ball tampering and personal abuse, foul language upto Level 3."

The coach and the manager have been charged for their involvement in the Sri Lanka cricket team’s refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of Saturday’s play, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play. This action is alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game. (

  Comments - 23

  • MADUKRM22 Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:42 PM

    What for the telling.............

    Archimedes Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:48 PM

    Reading this it appears that all adjudicators were unanimous in their conclusion that it was ball tampering. But what is worse is the response from the team in refusing to take ti the field.

    SENA Thursday, 21 June 2018 02:10 PM


    R Thursday, 21 June 2018 02:13 PM

    If the same offence was done by india ICC would looked the other way . Extracting saliva cannot change shape of a ball Dramatically to swing . This cooked up story led by a english ump is pathetic . Only issue Chandi did was a mistake in the inqury he should have told what was in his mouth . Without saying canot remember that's a bit silly to say . If englad or India or Aussie interpretation from ICC different.

    Help Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:46 PM

    Did you see the footage? Clear case of ball tampering

    Sara Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:38 PM

    "Cannot remember" is not a new song after all.Duminda sang it first, then Ravi, Sujee and the rest.

    James Ingram Thursday, 21 June 2018 07:51 PM

    Did you see the footage? No Case for ball tampering. Rubbing saliva is not .

    BV Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:23 PM


    prakash Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:30 PM

    Here are some outcome. This chap is fit to be in parliament. If ICC can send the ball to Sri Lanka, we will find the substance, say in the next 5 years.

    Saman Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:43 PM

    It's now a epidemic. I am going to try saying "I don't remember" in my upcoming exams. Examiners should consider my answers.

    Migrant Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:48 PM

    the fact that he's appealing against the verdict and is strongly disagreeing shows that this was a misunderstanding because if it wasn't him and Chandrika would not be protesting this much

    Chris Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:24 PM

    You have to be a migrant !! This is SL.

    sobers Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:30 PM

    Clear verdict. Do not make the Gentleman's game a disgrace. This is not Srilanka it is international level findings. Accept it.

    pahan Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:38 PM

    DO you know Darrell Hair ?What did he do to the murali?

    Machan Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:46 PM

    Machan,to appeal the decision first you have to remember what did you put inside your mouth before shining the ball.

    Palli Kanda Thursday, 21 June 2018 06:24 PM

    Was the Coach and the Manager aware of the plan? More clarification required please.

    Borat Thursday, 21 June 2018 06:31 PM

    This is not gentlemanly . This is not cricket. But this is definitely Sri Lankan mentality to deny wrong doing and blame others.

    kumar Thursday, 21 June 2018 06:51 PM

    You, Mr. Chandimal is just like our politicians! Made an absolute cock-up of the match and our standing as nation by wasting two hours, then you say you did apply something but cannot "remember" what it was!! And like our politicians, you will not resign neither will you be sacked!

    ranil Thursday, 21 June 2018 07:58 PM

    now it is like saying inside the Vodka bottle was water.since ICC cannot prove hundred percent, we ari lankans will make a mockery of things.this is shame land.

    Appeal Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:27 PM

    Buy a ticket and send him back first.Appeal can be heard later next year.

    lalindra Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:42 PM

    Why the ICC not banning Chewing gum at matches. Simple as that. Without making the proper remedies ICC is training umpires to be CID officers. Nonsense........

    Senaka Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:25 PM

    Absolutely agree! Assumed innocent unless proven guilty. ICC should prove what Chandimal had in his mouth was an artificial substance. He simply could have argued it is a natural substance without playing “I don’t know”. Maybe he thought that is the safest route as he has seen so many instances before in Sri Lanka.

    Hamban Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:31 PM

    Appealing is ridiculous, when the facts are strong. This ROT has the audacity to appeal, when he was caught in the act watched by millions. Shame on him and shame to the country.

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