Chandimal, Hathuru, SL manager charged by ICC

Sri Lankan management admit to breaching ICC code of conduct for delay of play

Sri Lanka team had refused to take the field after the ball-tampering allegations during the Windies Test. They could be suspended for up to two Tests.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been charged with level 3 offence.

Michael Beloff, chairman of the ICC's code of conduct commission, turned down Chandimal's appeal after a four-hour hearing on Friday during which both parties were represented by legal counsel.

The ICC said that the trio had been charged with breaking Article 2.3.1 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".

An interesting legal battle is now on the cards between the lawyers of Sri Lanka Cricket and International Cricket Council after the former has chose to contest the ICC sanctions.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss the day-night Test against West Indies in Barbados.

"The original decision of the ICC match referee Javagal Srinath, handing Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 percent of his match fee, will stand", cricket's governing body said in a statement.

With Rangana Herath a doubtful starter, Sri Lanka will likely be led by Suranga Lakmal in the final Test of the series that begins on Saturday (June 23). A person guilty of a level 3 offence could get between four and eight suspension points. They left the field, returning only forty minutes later, to actually start play.

The player was suspected of using saliva and a sweet to tamper with the ball and give it more spin after television images picked it up.

Sri Lankan cricket has lurched from one controversy to the next, with allegations of match fixing and corruption compounding the national team's worst streak on record.

Srinath also said that Chandimal had been less than convincing in his defence.

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