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

Opener Devon Smith pulls during his unbeaten half-century in today’s rain-hit second day of the second Test in St Lucia

Opener Devon Smith pulls during his unbeaten half-century in today’s rain-hit second day of the second Test in St Lucia

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The worldwide 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.

Play only resumed after a two-hour delay when the Sri Lankans, led by Chandimal, had refused to take the field following a decision by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould to charge the tourists with altering the state of the ball during the latter stages of the second day's play.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board said that the team management had informed them that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrong doing during the ongoing second Test match played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Animated discussions ensued involving match referee Javagal Srinath and the Sri Lankan pair of coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

That decision did not bode well with the Sri Lanka players and management, who protested the decision, and players remained off the field for almost the first hour.

Five penalty runs have been added to the West Indies total.

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The statement also said that Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapa, along with SLC chief executive, Ashley de Silva, and head of global cricket, Chandima Mapatuna, all assured the team management that they would "take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team".

The umpires took the call to change the ball on Saturday morning and that angered the Sri Lankan team.

The ICC tweeted the news on Sunday, saying more details would follow.

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

Dinesh Chandimal with the umpires during the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Steve Smith and David Warner were stripped of the captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively and banned from playing global cricket for 12 months.

Australian opener Cameron Bancroft was hit with the same charge for his now infamous use of sandpaper that sparked one of the biggest controversies in cricket history in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.

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