Sports hall of infamy; players who have been banned

Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has found a place in the sports hall of infamy after he was banned from international game or match. As the most recent one to be banned Chandimal joins other cricketers, footballer and athletes who have suffered the same fate over the years.

Chandimal was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day’s play of the second Test, which concluded at Gros Islet on Monday. He has got two suspension points and was fined 100 per cent of his match fee.

The points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal will now miss the day/night Barbados Test, starting from Saturday.

Headline making bans over the years

  • In March this year, Australian skipper Steve Smith (one year), Cameron Bancroft (nine months) and David Warner (one year) were handed bans by Cricket Australia for ball tampering.
  • Mohammad Azharuddin the former captain of the Indian cricket team was implicated in the infamous match-fixing scandal in 2000 and subsequently banned by the BCCI for life, though the ban was lifted years later.
  • Lance Armstrong was banned in 2012 from sanctioned Olympic sports for life for doping offenses.
  • Baseball player Pete Rose was banned in 1989. Interestingly, he agreed to be banned from baseball for life in return for a non-disclosure about whether or not he had bet on baseball.
  • Ice hockey player Billy Coutu became the only player to be banned from the National Hockey League for life, as a result of his attack on a referee in 1927.
  • Athlete Ben Johnson was banned for life when he had tested positive for drugs for the second time in his career. A few years before the life ban he was stripped off 1988 Olympic 100 metres title and world record and banned for two years for taking steroids.
  • Chris Washburn was banned for life by the National Basketball Association under the league’s anti-drug agreement.
  • Diego Maradona, among the world’s greatest footballer banned for 15 months by the FIFA, for drug abuse.

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