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Chandimal guilty, appeal rejected

Umpire Aleem Dar inspects the ball in the presence of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal at St. Lucia in the West Indies
Umpire Aleem Dar inspects the ball in the presence of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal at St. Lucia in the West Indies

Judicial Commissioner, Michael Beloff QC, has dismissed Dinesh Chandimal’s appeal after the Sri Lanka captain was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC’s Standard Test Match Playing Conditions during the second day’s play in the second

cricket Test against the Windies in St Lucia on Saturday.

Beloff’s written reasoned decision will be provided on Wednesday 27 June. Accordingly, the original decision of the ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath, handing Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code of two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee, will stand. Chandimal will therefore miss the day/night Barbados Test, which commenced on Saturday. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these will remain on Chandimal’s disciplinary record.

Beloff, who is also the Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, heard the appeal on Friday in a four-hour hearing in which both parties were represented by legal counsel.

In announcing his decision, Beloff said: “I express my gratitude to all who, though located in four different places, London, Colombo, Dubai and Barbados, collaborated in enabling me to reach a decision in time for the third test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka.’’

Meanwhile, Beloff also held a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges after Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha admitted to breaching Article 2.3.1, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The preliminary hearing determined that the hearing will take place on July 10 by way of video/telephone conference, with the decision on sanction to follow.

Until the hearing takes place and Beloff determines the appropriate sanctions for the Level 3 breaches, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha can continue to perform their professional responsibilities, including in the Barbados Test.

All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.

The three were charged by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Tuesday for their involvement in the Sri Lanka 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.