Chandimal to miss Barbados Test after ball-tampering appeal rejected

Dubai : Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal is all set to miss his side's day-night Test match against West Indies in Barbados after Judicial Commissioner Michael Beloff QC rejected the player's appeal against ball-tampering charges.
The 28-year-old was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day's play in the second Test against the Caribbean side in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC's Standard Test Match Playing Conditions.
Beloff QC, who is also the Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, heard Chandimal's appeal against his one-Test suspension on Friday in a four-hour hearing in which both parties were represented by legal counsel.
While announcing his decision, Beloff QC said, "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.''
Accordingly, 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 per cent of his match fee, will stand.
Chandimal will, therefore, miss the third and final Test against the West Indies, which starts on Saturday. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these will remain on Chandimal's disciplinary record.
Beloff's written reasoned decision will be provided on June 27.
Meanwhile, Beloff QC also held a preliminary hearing to establish the procedural schedule on the Level 3 charges after Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha admitted to breaching Article 2.3.1, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".
The preliminary hearing determined that the hearing will take place on July 10 by way of video/telephone conference, with the decision on sanction to follow.
Until the hearing takes place and Beloff QC determines the appropriate sanctions for the Level 3 breaches, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha can continue to perform their professional responsibilities, including in the Barbados Test.
All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.
The three were charged by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Tuesday for their involvement in the Sri Lanka cricket team's refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of Saturday's play, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play.
This action was alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game.

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