The International Cricket Council (ICC) has come down heavily on the Sri Lankan trio – Test captain Dinesh Chandimal, Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and Asanka Gurusinha. All three were charged for their “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” during the Sri Lanka tour of West Indies last month.
ICC charged this trio with a Level 3 offense for which they had already pleaded guilty. Level 3 charge will give eight suspension points which means the trio will have to sit out for the Two Test and first four ODIs against South Africa in the ongoing ‘South Africa tour of Sri Lanka’.
The trio had earlier agreed to not participate in the two-match Test series against South Africa. And with the judicial commissioner announcing his verdict, the trio has to sit out of the first four matches of the five-match ODI series against South Africa.
“The independent Judicial Commissioner, The Hon Michael Beloff QC, today handed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha 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,” ICC said in a media release.
“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,” added the media release.
The suspension for the captain Dinesh Chandimal means ‘he can neither be nominated as a substitute fielder nor can he enter any part of the playing area but he will be permitted to enter the dressing room (providing the dressing room does not form part of the playing area)’
The suspension for coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha means they ‘will be barred from entering the dressing room and attending post-match ceremonies and presentations’
In addition to the Level 3 offense, ICC has also added six demerit points each to the disciplinary records of Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha. Also, Chandimal received four extra demerit points for breaking the Article 2.2.9 – changing the condition of the ball – in the second Test match in West Indies. Chandimal now have 10 demerit points in total.
According to ICC rules and regulations, if a player receives 12 or more demerit points within a 24-month period, the player will be suspended from three Tests or 6 ODIs or 6 T20Is or a combination of matches across formats, whichever comes first.
Looking at these charges, ICC are taking the ball-tampering (changing the condition of the ball) very seriously and no doubt one would have to think twice before they attempt to change the condition of the cricket ball.
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