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

Sri Lanka were charged with altering the condition of the ball by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, who reviewed video of the West Indies first innings on Friday.

Sri Lanka have strongly denied altering the ball in the second cricket test against the West Indies in St Lucia, on a day which started nearly 90 minutes late due to their protests.

More than one hour of play was lost as Sri Lanka refused to take the field in protest at the change of the ball with the West Indies on an overnight 118 for 2 in reply to 253 made by Sri Lanka.

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The latest ball-tampering incident comes months after the infamous scandal in Newlands, Cape Town that rocked the cricketing world and led to the suspension of Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

The Sri Lankans did not take the field at the designated start time with broadcaster visuals showing Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath.

The Sri Lankan Biard ensured that they "will take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against any members of the team".

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The Sri Lanka Cricket board said that the team management had informed them that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrong doing during the ongoing second Test match played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials didn't relent for another 40 minutes. It was also reported that the umpires had been concerned about the condition of the ball on at the end of Day 2, although there was no official statement. But based on this official denial, it seems likely that the charge will be contested.

Sri Lanka protested by refusing to leave its dressing room for almost 90 minutes.

Shannon Gabriel claimed an early wicket in the Sri Lanka second innings when Kusal Perera fell to a catch by Dowrich in the penultimate over of the day before the tourists ended the day on 34-1. Allrounder Dasun Shanaka was charged for a similar offence by the ICC in November 2017 and in that case the team accepted the sanction.

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Players eventually returned to the field half-hour before the scheduled lunch interval, with the morning session extended until 12:30 pm.

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