Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal charged over ball-tampering

Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal charged over ball-tampering

Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal charged over ball-tampering

Dinesh Chandimal was charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

The Lankan players refused to come out on the field after the umpire Aleem Dar and Ian Gould changed the ball after finding them guilty of trying to shine the ball in an illegal manner.

Sri Lanka refused to take to the field after umpires instructed that the ball be changed - with a new one to be selected by the Windies - before the start of play.

Match referee Javagal Srinath and the Sri Lankan support staff were seen having an animated discussion before the start of the third day's play.

The umpires chose to change the match ball, which was 44.3 overs old, ahead of the third day in St Lucia, prompting Sri Lanka's players to stay in their dressing room.

Sri Lanka agreed to keep playing the second Test against West Indies on Saturday "under protest" after getting caught up in a ball-tampering row.

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", the release said.

"SLC advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and wish to commend the decision taken by the team to continue with the game "under protest" to ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game".

As the West Indies players were waiting on the ground, the Sri Lankan team didn't turn up even as both umpires were waiting.

Cricket's governing body, the ICC, tweeted that any disciplinary issues would be addressed at the end of play.

Devon Smith had earlier struck 61 while Dowrich extended his good form in the series with a sixth Test half-century of 55 as West Indies tried to rally from their overnight 118 for two, following Friday's rain-hit second day. But the home side was all out in a rush after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.

Match officials charged Chandimal after television footage from the final session's play on Friday appeared to show the captain taking candies out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition.

This was the second such instance within three months, after the Australians were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa in March during the third Test between the two nations.

Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from global and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

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