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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been named in the Test squad for the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa, even though he could be banned for the series.
Chandimal missed the third Test against the West Indies in Barbados due to the one-match ban he was handed after being found guilty of ball tampering.
However, since he, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, and team manager Asanka Gurusinha 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.
Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha were all charged with a level 3 offence by ICC chief executive David Richardson after Sri Lanka refused to take to the field on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia. As a result of their actions, play was suspended for two hours.
The trio’s hearing will be held on July 10, which is two days prior to the start of the first Test in Galle.
Meanwhile, veteran spinner Rangana Herath and opening batsman Kusal Perera have both been included in the side “subject to fitness”.
Herath split the webbing on his bowling hand during a fielding drill in the West Indies, while Kusal crashed into an advertising board while attempting to take a catch during the third Test against the men from the Caribbean.
Kusal was cleared of any serious injury, but is still being monitored.
The only player added to the squad was left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who took figures of 5-108 for Sri Lanka A against Bangladesh A last week.
Sri Lanka’s Test Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (subject to fitness), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath (subject to fitness), Suranga Lakmal (vice capt), Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha