The Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal is found guilty of changing the condition of the ball and is suspended for the next test and fined 100% match fee.
During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, in which video evidence was used in the presence of the Sri Lanka team management as well as the match officials, Chandimal admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn’t able to recall what it was.
As a result, the Sri Lankan captain received two suspension points which equate to a ban from one Test, two ODIs or two T20Is whichever comes first.
Talking about the incident, the match referee Javagal Srinath said:
“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.
“The footage shows that upon receiving the ball, Dinesh took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. After sucking or chewing whatever he put in his mouth for a few seconds, Dinesh then proceeded to spit on his finger and polish the ball with his saliva which would have contained the residue of the artificial substance that he had in his mouth, on two separate occasions.
“During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defence and the fact remains it was an artificial substance,” Srinath added.
The incident comes close on the heels of the Newlands ‘Ball Tampering Saga’ and the subsequent ICC cricket committee meeting which sought for stricter punishments for attempts to change the condition of the ball and proposed that the ICC Board acknowledge it as a grave Level 3 offence.