Sri Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal has been appointed a captain of Sri Lanka cricket team for the historic Day-Night Test against the West Indies at Bridgetown on Saturday. After Dinesh Chandimal lost his appeal against the suspension received for ball tampering on the second day’s play of the second Test against the West Indies.
The 31-year-old quick Suranga Lakmal will become his Sri Lanka’s 16th Test captain. The West Indies lead the series 1-0 after winning the opening Test in Trinidad and forcing a draw in St Lucia.
This will be the first Day-Night Test played in the West Indies. Sri Lanka has played one Pink Ball Test against Pakistan while West Indies have played a Day-Night Test against Pakistan in Dubai and against England in Birmingham.
Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha, along with Chandimal, admitted to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”. A second ICC hearing will take place on July 10.
As per reported in News 18 "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," Srinath said in the release.
The cricket committee "viewed" ball tampering as "cheating" which went against the spirit of cricket. "Therefore, they (committee) were very strong that we need to increase the sanctions available for that type of conduct," Richardson told ESPNcricinfo. "So we are talking moving both ball tampering and personal abuse, foul language upto Level 3."