The Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal was banned for one test as he was found guilty of ball-tampering in the test match against West Indies. Javagal Srinath, the match referee confirmed the sentence in a statement that the Sri Lankan captain will miss out the third test against West Indies at Barbados as he was found guilty of breaching ICC code of conduct.
He allegedly put some sweet in his mouth before polishing the ball with his saliva, as shown in the Television recordings during the second test match against West Indies.
Srinath said that ”It is clear that Dinesh Chandimal applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct,”
“Dinesh took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. After sucking or chewing whatever he put in his mouth for a few seconds Dinesh then proceeded to spit on his finger and polish the ball with his saliva which would have contained the residue of the artificial substance that he had in his mouth, on two separate occasions.”
“During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defense,” his statement read.
Dinesh was less defensive during the hearing and he was handed the ban of one test match with immediate effect as according to the ICC code of conduct, the penalty will be two ODIs or two T20Is or one test match, in the order of whichever comes first. Chandimal was awarded two suspension points and a penalty of 100 percent of his match fee for the second test match.
On the other hand, when the field umpires and third umpire handed the match report that contains the details of the ball tampering issue, the Sri Lankan cricket board and the Captain denied all the allegations and demanded the hearing. The match referee discussed with the team management and decided for a hearing after the conclusion of the match.
On that day, the game was delayed for two hours on account of discussions between the players, team management of Sri Lanka, and match referee, Sri Nath. The hosts were awarded a penalty of five runs earlier on this account.
The second test match was drawn and the West Indies is at the lead with 1-0.