During the second Test match against the West Indies, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged for ball-tampering. The ICC had accused him of tampering with the ball, which Chandimal had refused. Now he has been found guilty of tampering the ball after the hearing. In this case, Chandimal has been fined 100 percent of the match fees as punishment. In addition, the Sri Lankan captain has been banned for the third test match against West Indies in Barbados. During the second Test at the West Indies’ St. Lucia, Skipper Dinesh Chandimal came to the disputes when he was seen to using a substance on the ball. Chandimal took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. After chewing for a few seconds, Dinesh then proceeded to spit on his finger and polished the ball with his saliva which would have carried the residue of the artificial substance that he had in his mouth.
When umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould doubted into the matter, they asked for the ball back and then both the officials were dissatisfied with the position of the ball. They believed that the ball has been tampered with some substance. Later Sri Lankan players were angry on the demand for change of the ball and the game was also interrupted. Match Referee Javagal Srinath has given Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, two suspension points and a fine of 100 percent of his match fee of 2nd Test Match.
BREAKING: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of the game after their side refused to take to the field on Saturday in St. Lucia.
— ICC (@ICC) June 19, 2018
As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal will now miss the upcoming Barbados Test which will is going to take place from Saturday, June 23.
However, Dinesh Chandimal had denied allegations, but the ICC has convicted him in this case. Match referee Javagal Srinath has said that after watching the footage, it is clear that Chandimal put the artificial substance named Salaiwa in the mouth and put it on the ball. This is a violation of ICC Code of Conduct 2.2.9.