Chandimal picked for South Africa Tests pending ICC hearing

Dinesh Chandimal has a chat with head coach Chandika Hathurusingha RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images

Dinesh Chandimal has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the series against South Africa, even though he is unlikely to play the series owing to the disciplinary charges and probable suspension hanging over his head. Suranga Lakmal is likely to captain if Chandimal does receive a suspension.

Chandimal, along with coach Chandika Hathurusingha, has pleaded guilty to a level three spirit of cricket offence, over their roles in delaying the start of play for almost two hours on day three of the St Lucia Test amid a ball-tampering row. Although Sri Lanka will plead for leniency for Chandimal, the minimum punishment for this offence is suspension from two Tests. The hearing is due to be held on July 10 - two days before the start of the first Test.

Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera have also been named "subject to fitness". Herath split the webbing on his bowling hand while doing fielding drills in the Caribbean, and Kusal had had a nasty collision with a boundary hoarding on the penultimate day of that tour.

But otherwise, there are no real surprises. The only addition to the squad that toured the West Indies is that of left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan. It was felt that Sandakan had lost a little rhythm through the domestic season but he has seemingly regained it in Bangladesh, where he took 5 for 108 for Sri Lanka A last week. He rounds out a four-man spin-bowling contingent, which features Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera, in addition to Herath.

There are questions as to what the Test top order will look like, with some players out of form, but what is almost certain is that Dimuth Karunaratne will reclaim his place as opener, having now recovered from a fracture to his hand. In fact, he has even perhaps played himself into form, having just made a second-innings hundred against Bangladesh A. He takes the place of Mahela Udawatte, who was unsuccessful in the opening position in the Caribbean.

The three quicks who had wrought the series-levelling victory in Barbados - Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha - are all in this squad. Lahiru Gamage, who had played in the first Test of the West Indies tour, has been dropped.

The first of two Tests begins in Galle on July 12.