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Dinesh Chandimal, along with Hathurusingha and Gurusinha, was charged with a level 3 offence.An interesting legal battle is on the cards between the lawyers of Sri Lanka Cricket and International Cricket Council after the former reported to have decided to contest the ICC sanctions issued on Thursday, the Cricbuzz reported.

Following the drawn second Test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in St. Lucia, ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath found Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal guilty of tampering with the ball. Minutes later, the ICC announced that CEO David Richardson had charged Chandimal, Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha and Team Manager Asanka Gurusinha of a more serious Level three offence which relates to conduct that is contrary to the Spirit of the game.

The Sri Lankans were charged for holding up play for two hours on the morning of day three after the umpires accused the Sri Lankan captain of ball tampering.

SLC officials were in discussion with the Sri Lankan side that is currently in Barbados and late Wednesday night made a decision to contest the charge. SLC sources said that the board will inform the decision to the ICC Thursday morning.

That means the ICC will have to appoint a Judicial Commissioner to hear the case and the trio of Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha will not be suspended from the third and final day-night Test in Barbados.

A level three offence carries a penalty of a ban of two to four Test matches and if found guilty, the top brass of the Sri Lankan side will miss most part of the home series against South Africa next month.

Sri Lanka is believed to be contesting the charge on the grounds of the inconsistency of application of the rule and not following proper procedure. The charge against Chandimal was laid on the morning of day three and Sri Lankan believes that he should have been charged on day two. However, officials have 18 hours to charge a player. But Sri Lankan argues that the umpires didn't have any issues with the ball when they took it to their custody at stumps on day two.

Sri Lanka claims that they were informed about the charge ten minutes before play on day three although both teams had arrived at the venue more than two hours prior to the start of day's play.

Match Referee Srinath also has been accused of inconsistency. The tourists claim that when they were reluctant to take the field, Srinath had assured there would be no imposition of the five penalty runs sanction or a change of change the ball. However, when they took the field the umpires did completely the opposite holding up play again.

Sri Lanka are believed to have accused umpire Ian Gould of getting carried away after the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa early this year that saw three Australian players getting suspended.

Sri Lankan also questions whether the five-run penalty rule was applied on all occasions in recent times when teams were accused of ball tampering.(Cricbuzz)

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  • Sunil Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:46 PM

    Mad nonsense from SLC. None of this would have been necessary if we had played the game like gentlemen.

    ranil Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:09 PM

    this is a disgrace. What our politicians do when they are charged, they are trying to apply in global sports too. They are trying to deviate. real shame.

    Unchikun Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:53 PM

    Ah! Two Australians where caught ball tampering and sent home. Sri Lankans have short memory. Like Australia this player need to be removed from playing cricket.

    senadi Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:13 PM

    What a man you are. I am sure you are not a Sri Lankan. Because of this man only Sri Lankan team is surviving. We as Sri Lankan must challenge this inconsistency.

    karsha Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:24 PM

    remember Sir this SIHHA le with 2500 yrs.

    Dee Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:40 PM

    They should have been banned for life, they used sand paper man!!! not saliva after a chewing gum!

    Joseph Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:07 PM

    The contest is on technical grounds of conducting the issue and not otherwise

    asdfg Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:14 PM

    this not SLC vs ICCis it SLC vs Javagal Srinath (India)

    BV Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:36 PM

    The gamblers method being adopted.At least now accept your fault and save your country as a Gentleman and true Sportsman instead of further tranishing the image of your country.

    R.Anthony Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:22 PM

    If there's Rule, abide by it,like a Gentleman, why lie.Dont disgrace our Great Nation

    Ash Thursday, 21 June 2018 05:23 PM

    Ban the offender and close case before tarnishing SL name any further and protect the rest of the team. Maybe time to focus on SL women's team.

    Gayan Thursday, 21 June 2018 07:49 PM

    Lots of players chew gum and shine the ball. Some even admitted it.

    Anzul Shariffdeen Friday, 22 June 2018 09:00 AM

    Why did Chandimal say that he cannot remember what he put in his mouth. Did he have so many things in his pocket that he cannot remember what he put in his mouth,


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