Chandimal appeals against ball tampering ban

Dinesh Chandimal appeal one-Test ban ball tampering Sri Lanka cricket

Dinesh Chandimal (centre) has decided to appeal against the one-Test ban he received after being found guilty of ball tampering

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has appealed against the one-Test suspension handed to him after International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Javagal Srinath found him guilty of ball tampering.

Chandimal was banned for the third Test against the West Indies in Barbados, which will be the first-ever day-night Test held in the Caribbean. He was also fined 100 percent of his match fee and handed two suspension points.

However, since he has challenged the guilty verdict, the ICC has appointed Michael Beloff QC, chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, to hear Chandimal’s appeal.

“The hearing will take place on Friday, 22 June, and, legal counsel for both parties and Mr Chandimal will join via telephone or videoconference,” the ICC said in a statement.

Chandimal was suspended for the third Test after video footage indicated that he took sweets out of his pocket and put them in his mouth. Just a few seconds later, he licked his fingers and applied saliva onto the ball, which is seen as him altering the condition of the ball.

However, when Chandimal was questioned what exactly he put in his mouth, he said that he could not remember.

“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,” Srinath had said in a statement on why he suspended Chandimal for the third Test.

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