Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from his side’s third and final Test against the Windies after he was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day’s play of the second Test, which concluded at Gros Islet on Monday, the ICC said today.
During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, in which video evidence was used in the presence of the Sri Lanka team management as well as the match officials, Chandimal admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn’t able to recall what it was.
Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on Tuesday, after utilising the time available to him under the code to make his decision, handed Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee.
As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal will now miss the day/night Barbados Test, starting from Saturday, 23 June. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these have been added to Chandimal’s disciplinary record.
Commenting on his decision, Mr Srinath said: “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.
“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.”
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson backed the Playing Control Team, when he said: “The ICC fully supports the match officials in their decision and will continue to do so in any other such instances.
“The strong message from last month’s ICC Cricket Committee was that there needs to be stiffer sanctions for offences such as changing the condition of the ball and, as such, we will be recommending to the ICC Board at next month’s annual conference in Dublin to upgrade this to a Level Three offence.”
ICC Chief Executive also charged Sri Lankan 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”.
Laxana Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:16
Mata mathaka nae has spread to Sri Lanka Cricket.
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Srilankan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:48
The best part is none of these fellows are competent to read news articles and also will be ignorant none of our comments will be a matter to any. Next day they will get on with life as if they were saints
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sed Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:29
It is big disgrace...
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cricket Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:30
A disgrace to Sri Lanka. Dismiss him immediately. Our children will learn bad habbits from such a person.
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ransam Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:06
Yes! Send Chandimal home and appoint same old crooks at the next election. Our children can learn good habits from them
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Dils Wednesday, 20 June 2018 03:47
This is nothing to what’s going around in the country comparing to our political issues and how president conducting him self
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xxx Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:34
ask your children to come and replace chandimals position....
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Cricketer Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:02
Even the coach and the manager shud be sacked Immediately alongwith the SL Cricket Board President Wat a Shame for SLanka
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IVJ Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:09
How foolish can he be knowing that so many cameras are there these days. Shame on him.
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Gemba Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:12
Money,Greed and Power can make even a saint a human.
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Justice Akbar Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:18
Australian cricketer did the same and he was banned for life. Why can't SLC do that? Shame shame shame!
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ransam Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:57
Get your facts right. Non of Smith, Bancroft and Warner were banned for life. Initially It was for 2 years if I can remember and that too will reduced to one year.
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Surath Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:51
They were banned only for 1 year. Also they used sand paper which is far more harmful on the shape of the leather ball than a chewing gum/sweet could do
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k.soysa Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:57
Matahaka ne. What a disgrace!! Thanks for bringing disrepute even to the sports arena.
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truth Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:34
Wimal W pl organise a fast in front of ICC!!!
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Jan3 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 03:38
Disgrace. Not so long after the aussie ball tampering issue. The two singhe's have to take major part of the blame for bringing the game to disrepute. SLC is powerless without proper officials and they will find it hard to defend specially when the match referee is an all powerful indian.
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saliya Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:08
this has nothing to with the match refree being an Indian but to do with the conduct of Chandimal.If he is guilty SLC should not defend him for the sake of defending
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sss Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:26
Is he on his way to become a Sri Lankan politician
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Citizen Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:28
May be he did not understand what was mentioned in the pre-series briefing and the mathaka nae syndrome appears to be spreading across the country. We could see an epidemic
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Ram Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:28
SLC must set the standards like Cricket Australia. Aus players were caught well and truly and they were suspended by Cricket Australia for 1 year. The other players will be cautioned by that. SLC too must adopt a tough approach even to the loss of a good player. Of course SLC cannot do it when SLC Chieftains are not disciplined
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Dot Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:33
Its all in the game ..make Yaha palanaya a reality ..a place of zero tolerance of any 'getting round the rules '' mentality .then kids will learn that 'oka mokadda ' is not the yard stick in any game .
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saman Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:39
Like everything else happening in SL, Cricket has also gone to the dogs! Congratulations!
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Praba Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:40
Stupid..Refusing to coming to field when he has done something dubious. They should realise they are embassiders of a country.
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pathi Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:44
no need to dismiss he is only following the policies of Hon members of parliament belonging to UMP/SLFP/SFPP
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Srilankan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:00
What do you expect when a entire board is run by a incompetent team!!!Apply something is ok dening saying we will forfit the match was the disgrace!!!!Sports minister let's develop 'jill bola' that's the only sports that no one will find any loop holes. And only sports we can play as a country now!
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Machan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:02
Utter disgrace to all sri lankans who love the sport . Remove him immediately and Let him Join the sri lankan parliment as a politician.
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Sando Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:19
Being the captain of the team Chandimal is a real disgrace to Sri Lankan cricket. Just like our disgraceful politicians he wants to follow the rouge astrologer's advice as well as trying to practice the politicians 'mata mathaka nehe' theory .Remember how he gave the full credit to his gonga meniyo after winning a match due to a great team effort from his own players..
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Gihan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:31
Sri Lanka cricket has now been proven to be rotten to its core!
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upul Rajapaksha Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:37
This incident is really bad and disgrace to Sri Lankan cricket. Specially as a caption how he did this purposely. as Sri Lankans we hate to win by cheating. Chandimal must punish with at least 3 months ban from cricket. Punishment is not only for him. It will teach a lesson to younger cricketers. We should protect our younger generation from doing this kind of things,
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sinhabahu Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:54
Min.Ravi k 's illness has spread to SL cricket. Mama danne neha ' Mata mathaka neha !
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Saradiel Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:00
Worst part is he denied doing anything wrong and even went on to the extent of delaying the match. Real disgrace. Should never be the captain of Sri Lanka in future.
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joshua Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:54
how can he not remember what he put in the mouth? will he put a cockroach in the mouth. Ravi K mania has hit Chandimal.
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Unchikun Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:02
A nutty over the hill Lawyer who appears with the "Black Coats" on the "Peoples Channel" and happens to be visiting the West Indians proclaimed that he would appear free of charge is not mentioned. Could be the joker gave the wrong advise.
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Jude Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:14
Well, under the pretext, chewing-gum should be banned in cricket feild!!??
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Cricket lover Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:23
Indiscipline has cascaded to the play ground also in many forms, who is to blame, (apart from the team,)???
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Mark Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:26
Can anyone tell which school he went to ??Utter disgrace to his Alma mater !
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sobers Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:35
This is a disgraceful act, I am sure that the manager and Coach themselves have a hand on this matter. With advancement of Technology, they can't deny. It is a shame! Winning and losing is part of the game, never cheat. They have disgraced Srilanka further, similar to our politicians. Cricket Board should conduct an inquiry and take stringent action. But sad to say the Board is more corrupted. "Thieves can't conduct investigation on Thieves.
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Shanti Perera Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:18
All spitting or applying spit on the ball or on the hand by any player should be banned altogether.
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Labby Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:06
Maybe we should bring SLC under the Ministry of Law
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Clueless Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:25
Time to appoint Dickwella as captain of all formats.
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BV Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:34
Where are the Gentleman Cricketers and Gentleman Captains that we were so proud of ?
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ravin Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:44
Remove him from captaincy for good. he can be very good player but thats irrelevant.He is a disgraced to all srilankan cricket loving nation.
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Kay Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:16
Disgraceful Chandimal. You have brought disrespect to the game of cricket and moreover the country too. We as a nation played every sport in its true spirit. What have you done? Are you fit to lead the team?
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sarada Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:38
now that he has qualified to be a SL politician which party is going to extend him the invitation to join
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Waco Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:30
Dicepline must be maintained at any cost . Sack him from the Team.
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