Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been banned by the International Cricket Council for the final test against the Windies which will held on Saturday. ICC Match referee Javagal Srinath make his final decision and gave Chandimal two suspension points with a fine of 100% of his match fee.
During the second test in St Lucia, the 28-year old skipper Chandimal has been found applying saliva which contains residue of something he had in his mouth to the ball.
Match Referee Javagal Srinath claimed that Chandimal’s defence to the panel was ‘unconvincing’ as he couldn’t remember what was in his mouth at that time.
Mr Srinath said, “After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh 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”.
He added, “The footage shows that upon receiving the ball, 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”.
At the time of the defence, Dinesh admits that he had put something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which the referee Srinath found was unconvincing. ICC chief executive David Richardson backed the decision given by the referee.
He said, “The ICC fully supports the match officials in their decision and will continue to do so in any other such instances”.
The two suspensions point given to the Chandimal is equal to a ban from one test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first. With this ban, Chandimal will not be able to play the day/night match at Barbados on Saturday. The two suspensions point have been added to Chandimal’s total four demerits points in the disciplinary record.