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Sri Lanka captain charged with ball tampering

Sri Lanka captain charged with ball tampering

Sri Lanka cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with breaching the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct in the fallout of the ball-tampering controversy in the second Test against the West Indies.

Players finally took the field at 10:50 a.m., but the Sri Lanka fielders subsequently left the field in protest, remaining just beyond the boundary in discussions with team management, while match officials also huddled in conference. The clause relates to altering the condition of the match ball.

In March this year, Australia were caught tampering with the ball in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Steve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a one-year ban from both domestic and global cricket by Cricket Australia while batsman Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension for their involvement in the incident.

It was on Saturday that Chandimal refused to take the field along with his teammates after the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar charged them to alter the conditions of the ball.

They penalized the team before play on Saturday with a change of ball and awarded five runs to the West Indies.

The West Indies were awarded five penalty runs and Sri Lanka eventually agreed to take to the pitch with the ball being changed.

Sri Lanka protested by refusing to leave its dressing room for almost 90 minutes. It took another 40 minutes for play to finally begin.




Sri Lanka Cricket released a statement saying its players "have not engaged in any wrongdoing" and that the team had taken to the field "under protest".

At stumps on day two the West Indies were 118 for 2 in reply to Sri Lanka's first-innings score of 253 all out.

Sri Lanka was 34/1 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 13.

Opening batsman Devon Smith top scored with a painstaking 61 while Shane Dowrich, fresh from a match-winning unbeaten century in the first Test in Trinidad, contributed 55.

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

Lahiru Kumara was again their most outstanding bowler, constantly threatening with his pace and aggression to finish with figures of four for 86 and lift his wicket tally to 11 halfway through the series.

In its second innings, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera to a thick edge behind off Shannon Gabriel two overs before stumps.