The 2018 tour of West Indies by Sri Lanka appears to be jinxed. Nothing so far has gone well for the tourists who lost the first test by a big margin. The West Indies outplayed the Lankans, and they were expected to put up a better show in the next two test matches. Unfortunately, things have not gone Lankan way, and during the second test their captain was accused of "ball tampering." To add to this misery, it is reported by the Indian Express that one of their spin bowlers has been sent back home on disciplinary grounds. The player in question Jeffrey Vandersay is a leg-spinner and a regular in the T20 and one-day squad.

First test

The start of the tour was bad as Lanka lost the first test and went hoping for a better performance in the second.

The test was drawn, but it was ignomy for the Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal who was accused of "ball tampering" and given a one test ban. Cric Buzz has reported that Chandimal was caught on camera trying to tamper the ball with his sweat.

Jeffrey Vandersay

Close on the heels of this incident the leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay; aged 29 was asked to go back. It appears the player went missing from the team hotel and the Lanka team was considering filing a police report. The player, however, reported back to his hotel the next day. Vandersay has had a history of such cases, and even on the Indian tour, he was pulled up by the team management for his erratic behavior. The team management including the manager Asanka Gurusinha decided to send Vandersay back on disciplinary grounds.

It may well mark the end of the career of the player in the higher forms of the game.

The spinner has represented Sri Lanka in 11 ODI and 7 T-20 matches but is yet to play a test match. He admires Shane Warne.

Ball tampering

The head coach Chandika Hathurusingha along with captain Chandimal and manager Asaanka Gursinha are also accused of being part of the plan that led to "ball tampering" incident. The captain has been fined $7500 and also will miss the crucial third and last test. This will be played a Barbados where the home team has the advantage generally. In a similar case, two Australian players including Steve Smith have been banned from test cricket for one year.

The sending back of the spinner Vandersay will lower the morale of the team already reeling under controversy.

Without skipper Dinesh Chandimal, the Lankans started the third test on the backfoot. The West Indies will be looking to seal the series with a win. In case the West Indies beat Lanka, it will be a rare series win for the men from the Caribbean, who are a shadow of the great team led by Lloyd and Richards some decades back.