Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal along with Head Coach, Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been heavily reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for acting against the  ‘Spirit of Cricket’ in the aftermath of the Trinidad ball-tampering saga last month. The trio has been slapped with a 2-Test and 4-ODI suspension, which effectively rules them out of the ongoing South Africa series.

After the hearing on July 11, the decision was announced by the ICC on Monday. In a press release, the ICC said  “As eight suspension points equate to a ban from two Tests and four ODIs/T20Is or eight ODIs/T20Is, whatever comes first for the player or player support personnel, the Judicial Commissioner’s ruling means the three will also remain suspended for the Dambulla ODIs (July 29 and August 1) as well as the Kandy ODIs (August 5 and 8),”

“Furthermore, six demerit points each have been added to the disciplinary records of Chandimal, Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha.
“While these are first offences for Hathurusinghe and Gurusinha, this is the second time Chandimal has been sanctioned since the introduction of the Revised Code in September 2016. Chandimal received four demerit points for breaching Article 2.2.9 in the same Test, and, therefore, he now has 10 demerit points against his name.”Chandimal, Gurusinha and Hathrunsingha had pleaded guilty to the level-3 offence laid against the trio for holding-up play on the third day of the Trinidad Test.Interestingly, Sri Lanka has proceeded to win both the Tests in the absence of Chandimal, beating WI to draw the 3-match series before thumping the Proteas by 278 runs in the first Test at Galle.