India vs Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka sorry for ball tampering says visitors' team manager Asanka Gurusinha

If Shanaka reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned.

AFP, November 26, 2017

Nagpur: Sri Lanka's cricket team manager said on Sunday that a ball tampering incident involving Dasun Shanaka was due to an error of judgement and that the fast bowler was remorseful.

Shanaka, who admitted the offence, was docked 75 percent of his match fee after he was seen picking the area near the seam of the ball on TV on Saturday on Day two of the second Test against India.

Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka prepares to bowl his next delivery during the second day of their first test cricket match against India in Kolkata, India, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

File photo of Dasun Shanaka. AP

"It was actually an error of judgement on Dasun's part and it was just one in over that happened," Asanka Gurusinha told reporters after the third day's play on Sunday.

"None of the team members knew anything about it. So it was not something that was planned. He takes full responsibility for that and he is remorseful on that," the former batsman said.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also handed the 26-year-old three demerit points for the incident, which occurred in the 50th over of the Indian innings.

If Shanaka, who is playing just the third Test of his career, reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned.

Indian batsmen led by skipper Virat Kohli, who scored a double century, gave the opposition bowlers a hard time before declaring their first innings on 610-6.

The hosts were in the middle of their onslaught on day two when the incident happened and Shanaka, who later took a wicket, was struggling to break through.

"It was not over frustration or anything like that. The senior players spoke to him. He needs support as well. He is a young kid in just his third Test match," said Gurusinha.

"We had a discussion with the match referee (Australia's David Boon) and we have seen all of that, so the best thing for the game is to let it go for now," he concluded.

Updated Date: Nov 26, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114