Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Chandimal charged with changing the condition of the ball

Chandimal charged with changing the condition of the ball

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Sri Lanka refused to take the field on the third day of the second Test in the West Indies after a ball-tampering row.

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.

It appeared for some time that the day's play at least and possibly the rest of the match might be in doubt.

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Officials penalised the Sri Lankans five extra runs for the holdout, but the Sri Lankan camp maintained that despite eventually taking the field, the team was still playing under protest.

Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play "under protest" and that team management said no players "engaged in any wrongdoing" - while it would take all steps to defend any player charged with "any unwarranted allegation".

"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 done to ensure the continuity of the match.

Cricket's governing body, the ICC, tweeted that any disciplinary issues would be addressed at the end of play. But the home side was all out in a rush after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.

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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.

Fresh from a match-winning hundred in the first Test in Trinidad, wicketkeeper-batsman Dowrich reached the break on 44 in partnership with captain Jason Holder.

It was reported that the umpires were not quite happy with the way Sri Lanka were shining the ball last evening. Hence they will protest against the charges which have been levied against him and the team by the on-field umpires. He was the player shining the ball and he had bandages on, although that is not uncommon in modern cricket.

This was the second such instance within three months, after the Australians were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa in March during the third Test between the two nations.

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