Lakmal to captain Sri Lanka in Chandimal's absence
Suranga Lakmal will captain Sri Lanka in the third Test with West Indies after Dinesh Chandimal's one-match ban was upheld.
Skipper Chandimal was given two suspension points and fined 100 per cent of his match fee after the second Test, having been found guilty of changing the condition of the ball.
That resulted in the Sri Lanka star's ban for the upcoming third match, beginning on Saturday, as an appeal against the decision was rejected.
Lakmal will instead step up in Chandimal's place for the third and final Test, as the Windies lead the series 1-0.
SLC wishes to announce the appointment of Suranga Lakmal to captain the 3rd Test against West Indies, which will start today.
Lakmal was appointed as the captain, in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal. https://t.co/qRqaHaNIUb #WIvSL #lka pic.twitter.com/vfSBOoLAyK
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) June 23, 2018
Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha admitted a serious breach of the ICC Code of Conduct after refusing to take the field in protest at the umpires' change of ball in the controversial second Test.