Chandimal returns to Sri Lanka T20 squad after ban

Dinesh Chandimal was included in a 15-member squad for the one-off T20 that will round off South Africa's tour of the island nation in Colombo, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

A file photo of Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal (left) and coach Chandika Hathurusingha during a training session at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo. Chandimal is back in the team for the T20 against South Africa after serving his ban.   -  AFP

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal returned to his team’s Twenty20 squad Thursday after serving an international ban for breaching the spirit of the game.

Chandimal was included in a 15-member squad for the one-off T20 that will round off South Africa's tour of the island nation Tuesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

The 28-year-old missed the two-Test series, which Sri Lanka won, and was out of the first four one-day internationals. The fifth and final ODI is on Sunday, but Chandimal was not included in the squad for that match.

Chandimal was banned by the International Cricket Council along with coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha for refusing to take to the field for two hours during the second Test against the West Indies in June. It was shortly after Chandimal was accused of tampering with the ball.

The Sri Lanka captain was subsequently banned from the third Test against the West Indies and given a fine equal to his match fees. He was later banned for another two Tests and four ODIs after pleading guilty to violating the spirit of the game.

Sri Lanka T20 squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Shehan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan and Binura Fernando.