Chandimal to appeal against ball-tampering suspension

Sri Lanka captain DInesh Chandimal has appealed against the Match Referee's finding from the second test against the West Indies in St Lucia which resulted in him being suspended for one test on a ball-tampering charge. The ICC on Thursday appointed chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, Michael Beloff QC as the judicial commissioner to hear Chandimal's appeal on Friday.

It gives Chandimal a chance of participating in the third test that begins on June 23 in Bridgetown, Barbados if the punishment is overturned. chandimal was charged after umpires reviewed footage of him that appeared to show he took lollies from his left pocket, put them in his mouth, then used saliva to shine the ball. He was subsequently banned for one test match and fined 100 per cent of his match fee.

However, the ICC on Thursday confirmed he has appealed, with a date for that hearing set for Friday. Chandimal, coach chandika hathurusinghe and manager asanka gurusinha, were also charged with a level 3 offence, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game" following the Sri Lanka team's refusal to take the field in the opening session last Saturday.

The Sri Lanka skipper now risks receiving between four and eight suspension points, which could potentially add a minimum of two further tests to his current one-test suspension. A full eight suspension points would result in his suspension for not only the upcoming two-test series against South Africa, but four ODIs against the same nation as well.


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