The International Cricket Council came down heavily on Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha for acting against the spirit of the game in the St Lucia Test last month. The troika has been suspended for both the home Tests against South Africa and the first-four One-Day Internationals after being handed eight suspension points.
Ahead of the home series, Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha had decided to sit out of the Tests. They will now not only miss the second Test in Colombo but also the two ODIs each in Dambulla and Pallekele.
Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha had pleaded guilty to the level three offence charge laid against them by the ICC after they held up play for two hours on the third day of the second Test against Windies in St. Lucia. After the hearing took place on July 11, the decision was announced on Monday (July 16). “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 (July 29 and August 1) as well as the Kandy ODIs (August 5 and 8),” the ICC said in a release.
“Furthermore, six demerit points each have been added to the disciplinary records of Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha.
“While these are first offences for Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha, this is the second time Chandimal has been sanctioned since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. Chandimal received four demerit points for breaching Article 2.2.9 in the same Test, and, therefore, he now has 10 demerit points against his name.”
Chandimal had been pulled up by Ian Gould and Aleem Dar, the on-field umpires, for changing the condition of the ball. The Sri Lanka captain had put something in his mouth before using the saliva to shine the ball. Chandimal and Co. took the field on Day 3 only after causing a long delay only to storm off once again. Match referee Javagal Srinath was spotted discussing with the Sri Lankan team management and it was nearly after a two-hour long delay that play resumed. Sri Lanka had been handed a five-run penalty and the visitors were protesting against the charges made against them.
Chandimal was then found guilty of changing the condition of the ball and was also forced to miss the third Test of the series in Barbados besides being docked 100% of his match fee. ICC’s Chief Executive David Richardson then charged Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha for a breach of Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.