Dinesh Chandimal charged for ball tampering, pleads not guilty

Srilankan captain  Dinesh Chandimal has been charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct that relates to changing the condition of the ball. Chandimal has been accused of applying artificial substance on the ball on day two of the ongoing second Test against WestIndies after placing sweets in his mouth, a charge the Sri Lankan captain has denied completely.

The 28 year old has pleaded ‘not guilty’. The match referee Javagal Srinath will hold a hearing after the conclusion of the Test. The hearing will be attended by members of the Srilankan team management and the match officials with video evidence set to be used.

The law states, “Any action(s) likely to alter the condition of the ball which were not specifically permitted under clause 41.3.2 may be regarded as ‘unfair’. The following actions shall not be permitted (this list of actions is not exhaustive but included for illustrative purposes).

It reads further as, “(a) deliberately throwing the ball into the ground for the purpose of roughening it up; (b) applying any artificial substance to the ball; and applying any non-artificial substance for any purpose other than to polish the ball; (c) lifting or otherwise interfering with any of the seams of the ball; (d) scratching the surface of the ball with finger or thumb nails or any implement.”

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