Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal banned for two Tests and four ODIs

first_imgInternational Cricket Council has banned Dinesh Chandimal for two Tests and four ODIs after the Sri Lanka captain pleaded guilty to “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game” during his side’s tour of the West Indies earlier this year.Sri Lanka’s coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have also been suspended for 2 Tests and 4 ODIs.”The independent Judicial Commissioner, The Hon Michael Beloff QC, today handed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha eight suspension points, which means the trio have also been suspended for the first four ODIs along with both the Tests against South Africa,” the ICC release stated.”The three were charged by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on 19 June and had pleaded guilty to breaching Level 3, Article 2.3.1, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”, during last month’s St Lucia Test against the West Indies.”Chandimal, coach Hathurusingha and manager Gurusinha have admitted breaching the ICC’s code of conduct after the team delayed play during the second Test against the West Indies last month.Sri Lankan players refused to take to the field on the third day of the second Test against West Indies at St. Lucia in June after match officials accused the team of altering the condition of the ball on the previous day. They eventually resumed play ‘under protest’.Chandimal was found guilty of ball-tampering and was handed a one-Test ban following which he missed the third Test against West Indies.advertisement”The Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission had held a hearing over video conference on Wednesday, 11 July, to determine the sanction, and, after more than six hours of hearing, which was attended by legal counsels of both the sides, had reserved his decision.”During the hearing, however, it was mutually agreed that, since the minimum sanction for a Level 3 offence was suspension from two Tests, the three will not participate in the Galle Test (played from 12-14 July) and Colombo Test (to be played from 20-24 July), and these will be credited against the sanction imposed by the Judicial Commissioner,” the ICC said.As eight suspension points equate to a ban from two Tests and four ODIs/T20Is or eight ODIs/T20Is, whatever comes first for the player or player support personnel, the Judicial Commissioner’s ruling means the three will also remain suspended for the Dambulla ODIs (29 July and 1 August) as well as the Kandy ODIs (5 and 8 August).Furthermore, six demerit points each have been added to the disciplinary records of Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha.last_img

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