Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged after ball-tampering row

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged after ball-tampering row

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged after ball-tampering row

The start of the play on day 3 of the second test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in St Lucia was delayed by nearly 100 minutes as Sri Lankan players refused to take the field.

"If there are any, Code of Conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play", the ICC Tweeted.

Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play "under protest", that team management said no players "engaged in any wrongdoing", and it would take all steps to defend any player charged with "any unwarranted allegation".

Officials penalised the Sri Lankans five extra runs for the holdout, but the Sri Lankan camp maintained that despite eventually taking the field, the team was still playing under protest.

The umpires had also levelled a penalty of five runs against Sri Lanka 10 minutes before the start of the play on Day 3, and made a decision to change the ball.

The ruling on Chandimal comes at an inopportune time for the Sri Lankan skipper who was his team's only shining light in the first innings following a sparkling unbeaten 119 in the first innings.

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Dinesh Chandimal with the umpires during the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The International Cricket Council announced on Twitter that Chandimal had been charged for "breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct".

For all the action on the field, however, controversy dominated the narrative as Sri Lanka refused to take the field at the start of the day after umpires, concerned over the altered condition of the ball from the previous day, changed the ball and awarded West Indies five penalty runs. So maybe Gould was just being over-cautious. By not pleading guilty to the charge laid by the ICC for "changing the condition of the ball", Chandimal will attend a hearing by match referee Javagal Srinath after the conclusion of the Test.

The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months.

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

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