July 16, 2018 / 12:45 PM / 2 months ago

Sri Lanka captain Chandimal and coach banned for two tests, four ODIs

(Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been banned for four one-dayers and two tests for acting against the spirit of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal speaks during a news conference ahead of their test cricket series against South Africa in Colombo, Sri Lanka July 6,2018.REUTERS/ Dinuka Liyanawatte

The trio admitted breaching the ICC’s code of conduct after their team refused to take the field on the third day of the second test against West Indies at St Lucia last month. Match officials had accused the team of altering the condition of the ball.

The ban means they will miss the ongoing home two-test series against South Africa and the first four ODIs of the five-match series starting on July 29.

They were already suspended from the opening test against South Africa which Sri Lanka won by 278 runs inside three days.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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