Sri Lanka vs South Africa, T20I: Dinesh Chandimal back after serving hefty suspension
Dinesh Chandimal copped a ban for two Tests and four ODIs for his ball-tampering protest. @Getty Images

Dinesh Chandimal has returned to international cricket after serving a six-match ban, served by the ICC as the maximum possible punishment for the spirit of cricket offence in the West Indies in June, slotting back into Sri Lanka’s XI for the one-off Twenty20 international against South Africa in Colombo on Tuesday.

Chandimal, 28, was handed a one-Test ban by the ICC following the ball-tampering scandal during a Test match in St Lucia for breaching the spirit of the game. He and Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were banned for refusing to take to the field for two hours during the second Test against West Indies in June, which came after Chandimal was accused of tampering with the ball.

Chandimal, Sri Lanka’s Test captain, was subsequently banned from the third Test against West Indies and two more Tests and four ODIs after pleading guilty to violating the spirit of the game. He did not play in Sri Lanka’s 2-0 Test series win over South Africa or the first four ODIs, and was not named in the squad for the final ODI.

The Sri Lanka selectors waited before they named Chandimal  in the squad for Tuesday’s T20I. Angelo Mathews is leading Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa for the one-off T20I against South Africa.