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Ball changed! Sri Lanka refuses to field in protest

18 June 2018

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during a series in the West Indies.

According to a tweet from the ICC, the charge comes following a breach from Chandimal of Article 2.2.9 of the ICC's code of conduct which states that the condition of the ball had been altered by "unfair" means.

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

"The team on the third day of the match protested a decision taken by the umpires citing 'changing the condition of the ball".

They penalised Sri Lanka before play on Saturday with a change of ball and the award of five runs to the West Indies.

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Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa, and the Competent Authority of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Kamal Pathmasiri in collaboration with the SLC CEO Ashley De Silva and Chandima Mapatuna, Head of International Cricket of SLC conveyed to the team management that SLC will take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team.

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", the statement read.

Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka hits 4 during day 4 of the 2nd Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, St. Lucia, on June 17, 2018.

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.

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

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That incident actually would not have transpired had the West Indies reviewed a not out verdict by umpire Gould to a leg-before appeal by Gabriel to Chandimal just two deliveries earlier.

That match was the only Test in the game's history to be forfeited after Pakistan refused to return to the field.

Despite being at the centre of the storm, the Sri Lankan skipper put aside that vast distraction in supporting the in-form Kusal Mendis in a fifth-wicket stand of 117 that helped lift the visitors from the depths of 48 for four to 334 for eight in their second innings and a lead of 287 by the close of play on Sunday. Five penalty runs have been added to the West Indies total.

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

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Ball changed! Sri Lanka refuses to field in protest