NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal along with head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha have been banned for four ODIs and two Tests by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for acting against the spirit of the game on Monday.
The ban means the trio will miss the ongoing two-Test series against South Africa at home and also the first four ODIs of the five-match series against them that starts from August 1. They were already suspended for the opening Test which Sri Lanka went on to win inside three days.
They had pleaded guilty for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game during the second Test against West Indies in June at St Lucia when Sri Lanka refused to take the field on the third day after a ball-tampering incident. The two on-field umpires had raised concerns regarding the condition of the ball on the fag end of the second day’s play following which the visitors were told that they had to use a different ball before the start of the third day.
Irked by the accusations, captain Chandimal decided to not take the field resulting in delay of day’s play. After some deliberations, the play started with five penalty runs being added to the West Indies’ total.
“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,” ICC said in a media release on Monday.
The Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission held the hearing via video conference on 11 July to determine the sanction but after six hours of hearing, he reserved the 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,” ICC said.
Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha were handed eight suspension points each.
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 the support staff. 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. All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.