SL captain banned for one match in ball-tampering case

Applied saliva to the ball containing something he had in his mouth

The 28-year-old Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been banned by the International Cricket Council for one Test for ball-tampering against West Indies. Match referee Javagal Srinath said Chandimal’s defence was “unconvincing”.

He seemed to apply saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth to the ball during the second Test in St Lucia. Chandimal, who pleaded not guilty, will not be in the team for the final Test in Bridgetown on Saturday.

Srinath added that After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball. “During the hearing, he 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’ said Srinath.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould raised concerns about the condition of the ball on the second day of the second Test in St Lucia. Sri Lanka players took to the field two hours late on the third day in protest, following lengthy discussions between Srinath and Sri Lanka’s coaching staff.

In March this year, Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year and Cameron Bancroft nine months for their part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

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