Sri Lanka captain, coach and manager reprimanded by ICC over ball tampering incident

ICC Media Release | June 19, 2018


Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from his side's third and final Test against the Windies after he 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.

During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, in which video evidence was used in the presence of the Sri Lanka team management as well as the match officials, Chandimal admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn't able to recall what it was.

Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on Tuesday, after utilising the time available to him under the code to make his decision, handed Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee.

As two suspension 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, 23 June. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these have been added to Chandimal's disciplinary record.

Commenting on his decision, Mr Srinath said: "After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh 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.

"The footage shows that upon receiving the ball, 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 occasions."

"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 and the fact remains it was an artificial substance.

"In the pre-series briefing held on the back of the ICC Cricket Committee recommendations, both the sides were explicitly told that the match officials would be extra vigilant towards all aspects of fair play, including changing the condition of the ball and as such it is disappointing that this has happened."

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson backed the Playing Control Team, when he said: "The ICC fully supports the match officials in their decision and will continue to do so in any other such instances.

"The strong message from last month's ICC Cricket Committee was that there needs to be stiffer sanctions for offences such as changing the condition of the ball and, as such, we will be recommending to the ICC Board at next month's annual conference in Dublin to upgrade this to a Level Three offence."

On Sunday, Chandimal had pleaded not guilty after on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had charged him for changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions after play on Saturday.

The umpires had laid the charge after television footage from the final session's play on Friday, which had been made available before the start of play on Saturday, appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking something out from his left pocket and putting it in his mouth, before applying the residue of the artificial substance to the ball which they viewed as an attempt to change its condition.

Sri Lanka captain, coach and manager charged for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game

The three have been charged for their involvement in the Sri Lanka cricket team's refusal to take to the field in St Lucia in the second Test against Windies.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Tuesday charged Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha with a breach of Article 2.3.1, a Level 3 offence, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".

The three have been charged 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 is alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game.

If any of the three plead not guilty, then the ICC, as per Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, will appoint a Judicial Commissioner from its Code of Conduct Commission to determine the matter.

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

© International Cricket Council


Anonymous's picture

Should be the end for Asanka. Fire him immediately. Chandika's time is also running out.

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How can a coach refuse to send his team to the field while they are all 3 captain, manager and coach are guilty of the ball tampering. SLC needs to awake! It is all about how you conduct leadership and administrate the game of cricket as a gentleman's game. Hathurusingha and Gurusingha with all respect must step down from their responsibilities to give others to excise a matured character for the sake of the SLC.

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ICC please release all the video footages used to find it Chandimal guilty. Then the Sri Lankan people can decide if it was a correct decision. Only one clip of him putting toffee in his mouth and then running spit is not enough.

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Being vigilant about ball tampering by ICC is well appreciated but acting contrary to the spirit of the game by umpires to CRIMINALIZE innocent players with manipulation of ICC codes is an issue that ICC should address. Typically, the player before giving the ball to the bowler, shines it with saliva which is not a violation. As captain’s role, Dinesh is the player passes regularly the ball to the bowler throughout SL bowling session. Apparently, Dinesh had a toffee in his mouth and kept continuing his captain’s role as usual (passing the bowl to bowler as seen in footage). Is it shocking to see these two events took place within few seconds during captain’s role? On the other hand, if saliva is applied 2-5 seconds after putting a toffee in mouth, does the saliva get sticky that rapidly? Demonstrate this please before making such a horrible allegations about ball tampering. These smart A** umpires maliciously interpreted this footage as intentional ball tampering for an innocent mistake by Dinesh. If umpires acted sane to the spirit of the game with respect to the players, before starting the next day, first they would have given the captain a verbal warning about using saliva after having a food item in mouth. Instead, these umpires acted with "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game" and disrespected the players, SLC management and SL fans, and abused the powers to change the ball with false pretence to give a disadvantage to SL. No surprise that SL management made a protest and then again ICC umpires further abused their authority to whip SL management. Is this the way ICC conducts spirit of the sport that all cricket fans love and enjoy? No surprise world soccer is way more popular than world cricket which is governed by trolls?

Anonymous's picture

The 'Messiah' has messed up! The Manager and Coach have set a very bad example to the players, most of whom are quite inexperienced in International cricket and not exposed to such drama. What can you expect from a man who deserted the team in Zimbabwe and came home before going to Australia for an advanced coaching course ironically funded by the very Board whom he defied. He also left the Bangladesh assignment without meeting his commitment and obligations. A very bad leader, if at all he leads by example. Nothing more to add to Gurusinghe's character. These two must have thought they were doing something great, defying authority. Chandimal will get fixed on this charge too and perhaps stay in the cooler for much longer than he thought. God help Sri Lanka Cricket, with leaders such as this.

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