Sri Lankan captain Chandimal charged for ball-tampering

Hope Soto
June 18, 2018

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged for breaching 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct that relates to altering the condition of the ball.

The Sri Lanka cricket team refused to take the field on the third day of the second Test in the West Indies on Saturday after the ball-tampering row.

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.

Half an hour into the scheduled start of play, the umpires came off the field and the Sri Lankan team were still involved in a heated argument with the match referee.

Gros Islet: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was charged by the ICC on Sunday over ball-tampering in the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.

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

In a pre-emptive move on Saturday evening, Sri Lanka Cricket issued a media release saying it would defend any "unwarranted allegation" against any player.

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

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.

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

Leading by 47 runs after racking up 300 in their first innings at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, West Indies reduced the visitors to 34 for one in their second innings at the close, leaving them still in deficit by 13 runs.

Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from worldwide and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia.

The tourists gathered on the boundary, but after further negotiations with Srinath and their coaching staff, Lahiru Kumara finally resumed his 14th over at 11.30am with a replacement ball selected by the West Indies batsmen.

Roston Chase chimed in with 41, but the Windies declined badly after reaching 241 for four, losing their last six wickets for just 59 runs.

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