In the recent Test in St Lucia, Sri Lanka came up with a situation aligning itself with a maligned image. The team refused to resume playing on the third day. Interestingly, it was a protest against the ball-tempering charge put on Dinesh Chandimal. Ahead of the morning session, the team demanded that the ball used in the previous day would not be changed. However, umpires changed the ball and imposed a penalty by deducting five runs. Sri Lanka than left the field delaying the play again.
This incident attracted a hefty setback for Sri Lanka as the captain, the coach and the manager are now suspended by ICC. Dinesh Chandimal, Chandika Hathurusingha and Asanka Gurusinha are slapped with a level three offence for maligning the spirit of cricket. The trio is now suspended for two upcoming matches against South Africa. In response, they responded by accepting the charges. The hearing ran for about 5 hours beginning at 6 PM in Sri Lanka timing. Each of them is handed four suspension points. Per reports, ICC could have imposed them with eight suspension points. This would have taken away the preceding ODIs as well.
Sri Lanka, however, is not wholly satisfied with the verdict. They cited other reasons to their refusal to take on the field. Now, they are pleading ICC to take down the charge from two suspensions as well. Per the team, there was a miscommunication at St Lucia with the officials, which delayed the match further.
Earlier, captain Dinesh Chandimal was suspended for a match for tempering the ball in the same series. The recent imposition will extend this ban to two more matches. The captain, however, is not banned from sharing the dressing room throughout the Test series. On the other hand, coach Hathurusingha and manager Gurusinha are not allowed even in the dressing room and they can view the match on their own.
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