Chandimal to miss Tests, hopes not to be banned for ODIs


Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have conceded that they will play no part in the Test series against South Africa.

The first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa got underway on Thursday morning hours after Chandimal and company had attended a lengthy hearing on Wednesday evening.

The hearing was chaired by that judicial comissioner Michael Beloff QC.

The ICC have not given any sort of indication of when the official sanction will be handed down to the trio for their role in the protests over a changed ball that delayed play for over two hours during the second Test against the West Indies.

Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha know that the minimum punishment they can expect to receive is a two Test ban.

The maximum sanction on the other hand would be an additional four ODIs tacked onto the two Test suspension.

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It is understood that Sri Lanka have pleaded for leniency claiming that the delay was not entirely their making.

The match officials dispute the Sri Lanka management’s version of events, claiming no deal was struck to get the team back on the field.

While Chandimal will be allowed in the dressing room throughout the series against South Africa coach Hathurusingha and manager Gurusinha must not be present.

Sri Lanka have lost more than just their skipper in Chandimal who has been the team’s most consistent batsman this season.