Chandimal, Hathuru, SL manager charged by ICC
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been charged with level 3 offence. ICC chief executive Dave Richardson have made charge against them.
The three men have admitted to breaching Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
The incident took place at the start of day three of the St Lucia Test when umpires found that Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal changed the condition of the ball. As a protest, Sri Lankan players went off the field for two hours.
The play resumed after two hours with the ball being changed and five penalty runs added to Windies’ scorecard. The man eventually ended in a draw. Chandimal was then suspended for Barbados D/N Test. He later appealed against the suspension.
An ICC release said, “Following their admission, the ICC, in accordance with Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, has appointed The Hon Michael Beloff QC as the Judicial Commissioner to hear the case to determine the appropriate sanction.
“Mr Beloff has been appointed as the Judicial Commissioner to hear Mr Chandimal’s appeal against the match referee’s decision for changing the condition of the ball and, as per Article 5.2.3, will use Friday’s hearing in that appeal to hold a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges.
“The three were charged by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Tuesday for their involvement in the Sri Lankan cricket team’s refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of Saturday’s play, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play.
“This action was alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game.”