Chandimal, Hathurusingha and the Sri Lankan team manager Gurusinha were handed severe punishment by the ICC on account of the ball-tampering allegations and the delay in the game in the second test match against West Indies earlier.
Chandimal already missed out the third test match against West Indies and along with him, coach Hathurusingha, and the team manager Gurusinha lost the opportunity to represent the team that played against South Africa.
They will miss out the second test match against South Africa and also the two ODIs against Dambulla and Pallakelle. Chandimal, Gurusinha, and Hathurusingha were found guilty of ball-tampering and delay of the game for two hours, which is a breach to the ICC code of conduct under the level-3 offense. The trio obstructed the game for two hours after the break-out of ball-tampering allegations. The Sri Lankan team obstructed the game in the second test against St. Lucia after allotting five bonus runs to the West Indies cricketers.
The decision was released on Monday. The statement reads “As 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 player support personnel, the Judicial Commissioner’s ruling means the three will also remain suspended for the Dambulla ODIs (July 29 and August 1) as well as the Kandy ODIs (August 5 and 8),”
“Furthermore, six demerit points each have been added to the disciplinary records of Chandimal, Hathurusinghe, and Gurusinha.
“While these are first offenses 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.”
Chandimal was pulled out from the field by on-field umpires during the game against West Indies after the allegations of ball-tampering. Chandimal was accused of applying a sweet material and saliva to the ball to make it spin during the lunchtime. This made the Sri Lankans delay the game and the match went on after the intrusion of team management and the match referee Javagal Srinath into the issue. He got eight demerit points and was handed suspension for two test matches and four ODI matches along with 100% penalty on his match fee. The decision was announced by the chief executive of ICC, David Richardson.