Chandimal was suspended for the final Test against West Indies after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in the second Test. The cricketer was looking for a reprieve as he appealed against the verdict, however, Judicial commissioner Michael Beloff rejected his appeal.
Chandimal was charged during the Test in St Lucia after video evidence indicated that he was taking sweets out from his pocket, putting them in his mouth, before applying saliva to the ball within the space of a few seconds.
Match referee Javagal Srinath handed him 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 was to 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.
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.”
Also, Sri Lankan players refused to take to the field on the third day at St. Lucia last Saturday after match officials accused the team of altering the condition of the ball on the previous day. They eventually resumed play ‘under protest’.
After which, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged with breaking Article 2.3.1 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”
The hearing for Level 3 charges will take place on July 10.
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.
All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.
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