Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chandimal charged with altering condition of ball

Chandimal charged with altering condition of ball

The start of day three of the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium has been delayed due to a ball change controversy.

The global governing body tweeted the news, detailing that the captain was in breach of Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for 'changing the condition of the ball - the same charge leveled at Australia batter Cameron Bancroft during the infamous Cape Town Test in March.

When 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 latest ball-tampering fiasco had surfaced on the third day of the ongoing second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Gros Islet on Saturday.

After animated discussions the Sri Lankans agreed to the change of ball and to continue playing although it is understood that they will be contesting the ball-tampering charge.

Sri Lanka, who had won the first test of the three-match series, had made 253 in the first innings, with the Windies surpassing that during the second session, on a dramatic day when the ball was changed at 44.3 overs old, which prompted the visitors to stay in their dressing room.

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In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had backed their players.

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", said SLC. "If there are any, Code of Conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play".

"SLC advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and wish to commend the decision taken by the team "under protest" to ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game", added the statement. After another 40 minute delay, play finally began at 11.30am local.

By tea, the home side had reached 241-5. He was shining the ball and had bandages on like many players do.

Shannon Gabriel claimed an early wicket in the Sri Lanka second innings when Kusal Perera fell to a catch by Dowrich in the penultimate over of the day before the tourists ended the day on 34-1. In that instance, though, Pakistan forfeited the game and the match was awarded to England.

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

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