ICC claims video footage shows Chandimal applying 'artificial substance' on ball

ICC Media Release | June 17, 2018

Sri Lanka Cricket

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has pleaded not guilty to breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct and, as such, Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will hold a hearing following the conclusion of the St Lucia Test against the Windies.

On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had charged Chandimal after play on Saturday for changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions.

The officials laid the charge after television footage from the final session's play on Friday appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking sweets out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition.

Video evidence will be used in the hearing, which will also be attended by the match officials as well as members of the Sri Lanka team management.

All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.

© International Cricket Council


Stormy's picture
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This could be a problem depending on how one reads the footage as from what was shown during the game, it was clear that Chandi put something in his mouth and then took spit to apply on the ball. The question is are these two events related and was it done on purpose.

I presume the ICC will (already has) said it's breach and I guess Chandi should be more careful. It's not the first time and we cannot get caught up in this.

Was Chandi trying to change the condition of the ball? The question is to what? To get reverse swing? We can barely get conventional swing let alone reverse. To get more spin? doubtful. So in my eyes Chandi made an innocent mistake as opposed to willingly trying to change the condition of the ball.

G.P. Cruise's picture

What horrible reaction by Sri Lanka that was? What is Asanka Gurusinha doing in the WI?? Why is he there? He and Chandika Hathurusingha are probably the reason for the shameful way the Sri Lankan team behaved.

It was terrible to not play and react like children when informed of the charge. Dinesh Chandimal has obviously been caught and video evidence is there.

We all should be shocked by how poorly SLC officials and the coaching staff handled this. Strong action should be taken against Chandimal and he should be banned like Steve Smith. Remove Gurusinha immediately.

Colombo Charlie's picture

Let the truth come out rather than jumping the gun and blacken a side. I believe G.P. Cruise must be an Indian masquerading as a Srilankan. What a fool. Go and try this somewhere else. I want you remind yourself that your countrymen have done it too. So don't come and lecture us you idiot.

AB's picture

@ Colombo Charlie.... Well said bro

Confused's picture

Completely agree GP Cruise. Embarrassing reaction which deservedly also possibly cost us the game by denying us an additional two hours of play. I can only surmise that Chandimal & Management went on their outraged protest as they had not seen the footage or were not aware of it at the time. For an outraged team willing to forfeit the game on day three, their silence has certainly been deafening in the last couple of days. I strongly suspect that being shown the footage has taken the wind out of our indignant sails. And I also strongly suspect that Guru & Hathuru must be feeling severely let down by DC after seeing the footage, as they would have backed him on his word. But serves them right for responding in an immature and lawless manner by instigating and or supporting the 'walk off'. Strongly backing DC and playing "under protest" should have been their course of action.

Stormy, having seen the footage just once, when they showed it during the match coverage on day 4, my take is this. If it was prior to Cape Town, there is evidence to at least cast suspicion on DC's actions, which at best looked dodgy. But he may have possibly got off with perhaps a warning.

However, given the fallout from Cape Town, I don't care what DC's intentions were. Even if they were perfectly innocent, he deserves everything that comes his way for being a total moron. To be honest (no pun intended!), I cannot get my head around the fact that this was just a mistake, as the degree of idiocy is just too unbelievable to be believable!

I guess we will hear about the outcome during the course of today. The footage will also be released I suppose which may (or may not!) aid all the one-eyed Lankans on social media to calm TF down!

Anonymous's picture

These guys are professionals paid to do a job. So dont act like parliamentarians and disrespect the game is my suggestion.

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