Chandimal to miss final test after appeal rejected

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Hathurusingha and Gurusinha, therefore, will be available to coach and manage Sri Lanka during the third Test at the Kensington Oval.

It was a protest over Chandimal's ban for ball-tampering on the second day. After accepting the charge, the trio can be suspended for two to four Test matches or four to eight limited over games, as per the ICC guidelines. Sri Lanka did this after the on-field umpires had informed them ten minutes before the start of play that they were changing the ball because they suspected its condition had been illegally altered.

Thus, they had broken the article 2.3.1 of the ICC code of conduct which is a level 3 offense.

Chandimal's matter today will be held before Michael Beloff QC who as chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission was appointed to hear the matter.

Beloff has been appointed as the Judicial Commissioner to hear Chandimal's against the match refree's decision for changing the condition of the ball.

An interesting legal battle is now on the cards between the lawyers of Sri Lanka Cricket and International Cricket Council after the former has chose to contest the ICC sanctions. He was also fined 100 percent of his match fee and handed two suspension points.

"Chandimal had pleaded not guilty of the ball-tampering charge but the defense he gave during the hearing was termed 'unconvincing" by the match referee.

With Rangana Herath a doubtful starter, Sri Lanka will likely be led by Suranga Lakmal in the final Test of the series that begins on Saturday (June 23). It was not immediately clear if an outcome of the hearing will be announced before the start of Saturday's game. The charge against Chandimal was laid on the morning of day three and Sri Lankan believe that he should have been charged on day two.

The duo together with Srinath looked at television footage of Chandimal putting something into his mouth and then spitting on the ball, before shining it.

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