Judicial Commissioner rejects Chandimal’s appeal

23 June 2018 08:49 am - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Judicial Commissioner Michael Beloff QC has dismissed Dinesh Chandimal’s appeal after he was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball breaching clause 41.3 of the ICC’s Standard Test Match Playing Conditions, during the second day’s play in the second cricket Test against the Windies in St. Lucia on Saturday.  

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Mr. Beloff’s written reasoned decision will be provided on Wednesday 27 June.

Accordingly, the original decision of the ICC Match Referee Mr. Javagal Srinath, handing Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee, will stand.

Chandimal will therefore miss the day/night Barbados Test, which commences on Saturday. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these will remain on Chandimal’s disciplinary record.

Mr. Beloff QC, who is also the Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, heard the appeal on Friday in a four-hour hearing in which both parties were represented by legal counsel.

In announcing his decision, Mr Beloff QC said: “I express my gratitude to all who, though located in four different places, London, Colombo. Dubai and Barbados, collaborated in enabling me to reach a decision in time for the third test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka.''

Meanwhile, Mr Beloff QC also held a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges after Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha admitted to breaching Article 2.3.1, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The preliminary hearing determined that the hearing will take place on 10 July by way of video/telephone conference, with the decision on sanction to follow.

Until the hearing takes place and Mr Beloff QC determines the appropriate sanctions for the Level 3 breaches, Mr Hathurusinghe and Mr Gurusinha can continue to perform their professional responsibilities, including in the Barbados Test.


  Comments - 22

  • Unchikun Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:17 AM

    Uncle Chandimal, you are not in Sri Lanka.

    Nihal Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:32 AM

    The Sri Lankan style protests ( Udgoshana) are not tolerable in international level specially in a gentleman's game.

    De Silva Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:10 PM

    Nihal,you are a fool. This guy who was asked to adjudicate is English,they assume you are guilty even before studying the case if you are not white.You people should live in England !

    Waco Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:41 AM

    Discipline must be maintained at any cost. Thank you Mr.Beloff QC.

    Rosy Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:28 AM

    Colour has to be acceptable in this kind of instance.

    Jude Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:59 AM

    Hey Beloff a Prejudiced Judge!!! This is Vigilante Justice!!!??? This was expected from ICC. !!??

    Aquarius Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:03 AM

    We are quick to condemn others when they breach the code of ICC rules and we should be equally ready to condemn this behaviour with our own cricketers. Unfortunate, but necessary lessons.

    BV Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:07 AM

    Its now time to see the response from SLC and the Selection committy .Are they going to continue to retain this guy who brought disrespect and tarnished the image of the country as our Captain.

    Jan Saturday, 23 June 2018 06:30 PM

    The manager should take responsibility for his debacle. Ball tampering is not the main issue here but the stoppage to play.Also ICC need to change how ball tampering ruling is executed. A local team has never been caught tampering the ball. You need independent tv crews to start with. Make using saliva illegal as most players chew gum.

    Jinadasa Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:22 AM

    International conspiracy against our highly talented cricketers. Yahapalamya to be blamed! MR wouldn'thave let this happen.

    R.Anthony Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:26 AM

    Well done Mr Beloff, now the verdict is given. Those who are Honorable better decide what's next best to our Respectful Nation. Please quit!!!!!!!!!!???????. Minister of Sports its over to you sir

    RM Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:56 AM

    He may have thought it was a school Big Match and he could speaks to the authorities and squash things up.

    Ram Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:13 AM

    Shame Shame, All must resign. They have not only brought the game into disrepute but also the country into disrepute

    bucket Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:43 AM

    Pulling and bathing

    Rohan Saturday, 23 June 2018 04:12 PM

    I cant believe our experienced two Singhe's conduct let alone Chandimal's conduct.

    TONY Saturday, 23 June 2018 05:44 PM


    M O Daya Sunday, 24 June 2018 07:20 PM

    Yes we should protest but only through the JO - they can attribute anything as the fault of Yahapalana.

    Pream Saturday, 23 June 2018 06:29 PM

    Chandi, Haturu and Asanka had done a foolish thing. Another foolish decision by the SL cricket board by appointing Lakmal as Captain. However, there wan't be any argument with Umpires and officials, all argument will be only by hand signals.

    Don Wijayatilleke Saturday, 23 June 2018 06:57 PM

    This verdict was inevitable after Chandimal was seen in the recording putting something in the mouth before he was seen applying saliva on the ball and he said he could not remember what it was.

    Usaguy Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:03 PM

    Ban Chandimal for 12 months. Fire the coach and the manager, right now.If you don't SL public support will be gone in the wind

    Shehan Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:19 PM

    Chandimal has brought disrespect to the country and he should be banned for one year. Also the manager and coach must be removed

    Daniel Sunday, 24 June 2018 05:00 PM

    Lenient punishment for using sandpaper - Oz Bancroft was only fined and no suspension. Severe punishment for Chandimal even though ICC couldn't reasonably prove that his saliva contained ball damaging substance. ICC decisions are bias and vague.

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