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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball-tampering by ICC

18 June 2018
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball-tampering by ICC

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal has denied ball-tampering by using candies and will face a hearing at the conclusion of the ongoing second Test against the West Indies, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Sunday.

The SLC's statement came after Srinath awarded five runs to West Indies in Gros Islet on the third morning, having laid down an initial charge of altering the condition of the ball on Sri Lanka.

It is understood that the umpires were concerned about the condition of the ball at the end of the first day's play of the second Test.

The tourists eventually chose to play following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka's coaching staff.

After initially appearing to be prepared to resume the match, the Sri Lankan cricketers then hesitated even as they were making their way out to the middle.

While no official statement has been made on the reason behind the delay, it has been alleged that Sri Lankan players and management have objected to the decision of umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar to change the ball overnight.

The International Cricket Council announced on Twitter that Chandimal had been charged for "breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct". 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 team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing".

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.

Following the Bancroft incident, which resulted in three Australian players being handed lengthy bans by their own board, the ICC chose to consider severe sanctions against ball tampering. The same charge was levelled against Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft who was caught on camera rubbing a piece of sandpaper on the ball against South Africa in March.

At stumps on day two the West Indies were 118 for 2 in reply to Sri Lanka's first-innings score of 253 all out.

The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.

The visiting team was charged with altering the condition of the ball by the umpires after they reviewed video of the West Indies' first innings on Friday. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.