Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Sri Lanka protest after ball-tampering accusations

Sri Lanka protest after ball-tampering accusations

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.

The charge constitutes a breach under Article 2.2.9 of the ICC's code of conduct, which deals with altering the condition of the ball by "unfair" means.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould had raised concerns about the condition of the ball towards the end of day two.

Sri Lanka held up play for almost two hours having been penalised five penalty runs ahead of the third day of the second Test against the West Indies due to a ball-tampering row.

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.

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.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) later released a statement denying any wrongdoing by its players.

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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.

The umpires suspected that the visitors' skipper Dinesh Chandimal changed the condition of the ball and chose to change it which didn't go down well with the team.

"The players and the team management were adamant that the game should be forfeited as the match officials were accusing them without showing any concrete evidence".

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. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

The West Indies resumed on day three on 118-2, which was bumped up to 123/2 by the penalty runs.

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

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