Chandimal to remain banned for third Test after appeal fails

Dinesh Chandimal appeal fails remain banned for 3rd Test against West Indies Sri Lanka cricket

Dinesh Chandimal’s appeal failed and he will therefore remain banned for the third Test against the West Indies

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will remain banned for the third Test against the West Indies after his appeal was dismissed by Michael Beloff QC, the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner.

Chandimal was suspended for one Test as he was found guilty of ball tampering by match referee Javagal Srinath.

Srinath’s decision to fine Chandimal 100 percent of his match fee and hand him two suspension points will also stand.

“I express my gratitude to all who, though located in four different places, London, Colombo. Dubai and Barbados, collaborated in enabling me to reach a decision in time for the third test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka,” Beloff said in an ICC statement.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Beloff will hear the code of conduct charges against Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, and team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

The trio have admitted to violating the part of the ICC’s code of conduct that relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

They could now be banned for two to four Tests or four to eight limited overs matches.

As a result, Beloff will hand down what sanctions he deems necessary for the level 3 offence, which stemmed from Sri Lanka’s refusal to take to the field on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia. Due to their actions, play was suspended for two hours.

The third Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies, which will be the first-ever day-night Test in the Caribbean, will get underway on Saturday in Barbados.

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