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, Nov 26, 2017 20:59:47 IST

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 20:59:47 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254