Did the ICC make the right decision in regards to Chandimal's ball tampering charge?

Yes - Dinesh Chandimal is guilty and the TV footage proved it.
32% (34 votes)
No - Dinesh Chandimal is not guilty and the TV footage is not conclusive proof of wrongdoing.
68% (73 votes)
Total votes: 107


delan82's picture
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For the people voting no what do you make of his comment that he put something in his mouth but can't remember what is was?
And going back one step further where in laws does it say the word "TV footage" needed to change a ball suspected of being altered?

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I must say at first this appeared straight forward but I was assuming what ever he put in his mouth was it, but apparently not and good point. Just because he put something in his mouth, doesn't mean it altered the ball. Also are we saying no one else who polished the ball that day had anything in their mouth. Worth the debate I reckon.

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When you consider the whole episode, all I can see is pure idiocy. Holding up play for 2 hours, multiplied that to an extent, that should have never reached. If Hathurusinghe & Gurusinghe had seen that footage beforehand, probably the things would have been different.

Match officials could have easily checked the video footage on 3rd day evening & issued the charges on that day itself. Waiting for 4th day morning to do it & announce, just 10 minutes before the scheduled start is ethically unacceptable. They are also partly responsible for this fiasco.

Chandimal is an exceptionally good Test batter. SL cannot afford to lose him in the vital decider in current series or in forthcoming Test series vs SA. Hope he would getaway with some lighter punishment.

ICC had already identified many foreign substances such as; Hair Gel, Lip Barm, Vaseline on body, Suntan Lotions etc as ball's shiny surface enhancers, to get an unlawful advantage in swing. When you watch the video footage, the timing of that unknown substance put in his mouth & the spit came out of his mouth to fingers, for shining the ball seems to be the decisive factor went against Chandimal. On top of that, his crazy answer in the inquiry to say, that he cannot remember what he had taken out of his pocket to put in his own mouth, certainly ruins his own credibility. Even if you consider his idiotic action was unintentional, his senseless answer is valid only for baby under 3yrs.

The law says; applying any foreign substance on the shiny surface of the ball, other than sweat & saliva, considered to be a violation under ball tampering. Therefore how many or what types of nibbles he had in his pocket, may not be a valid excuse to defend his answer, as we hope.

No matter what Chandimal had chewed just seconds before, he had applied his saliva CONTAMINATED wit some extract of that substance he put in his mouth. It seems the Timing & the Process made him undeniably guilty of the offense stipulated in the book. This must have resulted in his verdict.

Is it possible that to happen unintentionally in 2 separate occasions? Or Chandimal that we know, is an innocent saint? You will have to decide the answer for these on your own judgement.

All I know is, he certainly was the main cause of that odi whitewash Vs Pk in 2017. Coming at no3, Chandimal repeatedly aborted SL's progress or momentum beyond recovery.

Astonishingly, Chandimal collected just 41 runs from 5 Odis in that Whitewash at an unbelievably low 8.20 Average & 47.12 Strike Rate! There is no other international batter with 8+ yrs experience, had ever come up with such a toxic batting performance in the traceable history of 5-odi series.!

That Whitewash ended UT's brief period as L/O skipper, despite fighting hard a lone battle, trying to avert the whitewashes(Vs Pk/SA)& win matches for SL. Upul had even made an unbeaten 112* carrying his bat through an inning for the 1st time in SL batting history & another 61 Vs Pk. He topped the batting with 50 Av in tat series as in SA, trying to stop the repeated rot.

As a result of horribly lopsided standard in selections, UT's captaincy got stripped, while previous series doomed culprit Chandimal was rewarded with Odi captaincy in the next triangular series in BD. Only in SL such miracles do happen. Upul silently played under Chandimal & helped SL to win that series with his bat, receiving MoM award as well in the final. This is the unique difference that I see, between so called senior players in SL.

Eventually, already discarded longest-term failed leader, Mathews was reappointed as L/O skipper. Now Mathews will carry forward until his 4th attempt in consecutively flopped global competitions.

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Chandimal is already proven guilty & punished. Nonsense poll result :)

(Last edited by Liyum on June 24, 2018 - 10:03)

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