India Today – Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has appealed the ball-tampering ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
- Chandimal was suspended for the third and final Test against West Indies after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in the second Test.
- Chandimal was charged during the Test in St Lucia after video evidence indicated that he was taking sweets out from his pocket, putting them in his mouth, before applying saliva to the ball within the space of a few seconds.
- According to reports, the appeal depends on what exactly Chandimal had in his mouth when he applied saliva to the ball.
- “After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct, match referee Javagal Srinath said in a statement.
- To make matters worse for Sri Lanka, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged by the ICC for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.