Michael Beloff, the Judicial Commissioner, on Friday (June 22) dismissed Dinesh Chandimal’s appeal after the Sri Lankan skipper was found guilty of ball-tampering against Windies.
Chandimal will miss the day-night Barbados Test and shell out a 100 percent of his match fee. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these will remain on Chandimal’s disciplinary record. Beloff, also the chairman of ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission, heard the appeal on Friday.
Chandimal was banned for one Test and was also docked 100 per cent of his match fee after video footage showed him taking something out from his left pocket and putting it in his mouth, before applying saliva to the ball.
During the hearing held at the end of the Test, he admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn’t able to recall what it was, and subsequently appealed the suspension.
Meanwhile, Suranga Lakmal, the pacer, was chosen as Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain for the third Test in Chandimal’s absence. Lakmal has played 46 Tests and picked up 109 wickets at an average of 42.44
Beloff also held a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges after Chandimal, Chandika Hathurasinghe, the coach, and Asanka Gurusinha, the manager, admitted to breaching the code of conduct. The hearing will take place on July 10, with the decision on sanction to follow.
Hathurasinghe and Gurusinhe will be allowed to continue to perform their professional responsibilities. All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.
The trio was charged by David Richardson, the ICC chief, on Tuesday for their involvement in Sri Lanka’s refusal to take to the field against Windies in St Lucia, causing a two-hour delay in the start of play on the third day.