Dinesh Chandimal charged with changing ball

18 June, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal during the ongoing second Test against West Indies in St Lucia

Following the controversy of day three, when the start of play was delayed by two hours with the Sri Lankan captain refusing to lead his team onto the field for the continuation of the West Indies first innings, the International Cricket Council confirmed a charge of "altering the condition of the ball" - effectively ball tampering - against Chandimal.

Match officials changed the ball and awarded West Indies five penalty runs over their concern about the suspected altered condition of the ball, prompting the visitors' refusal to take the field at the start of play at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

The ICC said Chandimal was "charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct" which relates to "changing the condition of the ball".

Video evidence will be used during the hearing held by match referee Javagal Srinath which will also be attended by the match officials as well as members of the Sri Lanka team management.

But after initially appearing to be prepared to resume the match, the Sri Lankan cricketers hesitated even as they were making their way out to the middle, resulting in further discussions before they were finally persuaded to get the day´s play underway two hours later than scheduled.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stoutly defended the team, saying it would defend any "unwarranted allegation" against any player.

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But the players eventually came onto the field at 10.50am, West Indies were officially given five extra runs and umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar oversaw the changing of the ball.

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

SLC had however advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and the cricket board commended the decision taken by the team to continue with the game "under protest" to ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game.

That incident actually would not have transpired had the West Indies reviewed a not out verdict by umpire Gould to a leg-before appeal by Gabriel to Chandimal just two deliveries earlier. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

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

Opener Devon Smith fell for 61, having added only eight to his overnight half-century, while wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich followed up his century in the first Test with 55.

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