The Sri Lankan captain has been found guilty of changing the condition of the ball, as a result he has been handed over a 100% match fee, receiving two suspension points and has been suspended for one Test match.
Dinesh, tried changing the condition of the ball on the second day of 2nd Test against West Indies, now he will not be playing the 3rd Test. A video evidence was provided at the hearing after the Test match St Lucia Test. It clearly proved that Chandimal first ate some artificial substance and then he applied it on the ball.
The skipper admitted to putting something in his mouth but could not quite remember what exactly it was. Javagal Srinath (match referee) commented that “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.”
He further explained how the captain did not remember what exactly he was chewing: “During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defense and the fact remains it was an artificial substance. “
David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive) expressed about the clear cut approach of ICC on such matters, he commented on the decision and said that“The ICC fully supports the match officials in their decision and will continue to do so in any other such instances.
“The strong message from last month’s ICC Cricket Committee was that there needs to be stiffer sanctions for offenses such as changing the condition of the ball and, as such, we will be recommending to the ICC Board at next month’s annual conference in Dublin to upgrade this to a Level Three offense.”
It is a point to note that before the series, in a meeting both the teams were explicitly told that they will be watched carefully by the match officials and it is disheartening that still something like this has happened.