Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball tampering by ICC

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball tampering by ICC

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball tampering by ICC

Sri Lanka's players refused to take the field on the third day of the match in St Lucia on Saturday, delaying the resumption of play for nearly two hours, after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould had changed the ball and awarded West Indies five penalty runs.

Chandimal is accused of breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for "changing the condition of the ball".

Following concerns raised by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould about the condition of the ball nearing the end of the second day, the Sri Lankans were advised before the start of play on Saturday that they could not continue with the existing ball.

Broadcaster visuals of the Sri Lanka dressing room showed coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath, the reports said.

The Sri Lankans apparently were unhappy that the charge was brought just before play got underway on Saturday (June 16).

The officials had also, in keeping with the rules, awarded West Indies five extra runs.

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

The ICC's ruling comes following a standoff between Chandimal's Sri Lankan side and the officials on day three of the Test.

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

It was in March that Australia were caught tampering with the ball illegally on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

For West Indies, only opener Devon Smith and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich posted scores of substance, 61 and 55 respectively.

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

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.

Second time around the tourists lost Kusal Perera for 20 en route to 34 for one - a deficit of 13.

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