Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss his side’s third Test against
the West Indies after being found guilty of ball tampering by the
International Cricket Council on Tuesday.
Chandimal was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball
during the second day’s play of the second Test, which concluded at Gros
Islet on Monday.
"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,"
said match referee Javagal Srinath after the judgement.
The player was suspected of using saliva and a sweet to tamper with
the ball and give it more spin after television images picked it up.
The Sri Lanka captain got two suspension points and was fined 100 per cent of his match fee.
The points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is,
whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal will now miss the
day/night Barbados Test, starting from Saturday.
Explaining the decision Srinath said he had reviewed the images carefully.
He commented: "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
The referee also said that Chandimal had been less than convincing in his defence.
"During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his
mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a
defence," he said.
There was no immediate comment from Sri Lanka's cricket board when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.
At the time of the incident Chandimal denied charges when they were
filed by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire
There were concerns that the Test match was in jeopardy on the third
morning on Saturday when Chandimal refused to lead his team onto the
field for the continuation of the Windies first innings after he was
informed of the charge by the umpires and the application of a five-run
Play was delayed for two hours as animated discussions took place involving Srinath and Sri Lankan team officials.
With the second Test drawn Windies lead the three Test series 1-0.