Chandimal, coach, team manager charged for causing delay

Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka’s captain, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have, on Friday (June 22), admitted to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”, breaching Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which could have them suspended for two Tests, an ICC release stated.

The trio was charged by ICC chief David Richardson for their involvement in Sri Lanka’s refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of play on the third day of the second Test against Windies, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of proceedings.

This was as a result of Sri Lanka being informed ten minutes prior to start of play by the on-field umpires that the ball was being changed after they suspected it had been illegally tampered with.

Subsequent to their admission, the ICC has appointed The Hon Michael Beloff QC as the Judicial Commissioner for the hearing of the case and to determine an appropriate sanction.

Beloff will also hear Chandimal’s appeal against match referee, Javagal Srinath’s decision of handing him two suspension points which will have him miss the third Test and levying a fine of 100 per cent match fee, for having altered the condition of the ball.

“As per Article 5.2.3, he will use Friday’s hearing in that appeal to hold a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges,” the release added.

However, given that all Level 3 breaches carry an “imposition of between four and eight suspension points”, it is highly likely that the trio will miss the third Test.

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