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

17 June, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Sri Lanka will need quick wickets early on Day 2 to put pressure on the hosts

Saint Lucia: Sri Lanka agreed to keep playing the second Test against West Indies on Saturday "under protest" after getting caught up in a potential ball-tampering controversy.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board later said in a statement that the team protested the decision taken by the umpires citing "Changing the Condition of the Ball" and had refused to take to the field.

They were assessed five penalty runs although that relatively minor punishment was inconsequential compared to the Sri Lankans´ obvious anger at being accused of what amounts to cheating.

After discussions between officials and the players, match referee Javagal Srinath upheld Gould and Dar's decision, with the five penalty runs taking the Windies to 123 for two in response to the tourists' 253 all out.

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

The Sri Lankan Biard ensured that they "will take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against any members of the team". The match eventually resumed after a two-hour delay, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have said the players are effectively continuing with the game "under protest".

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) later released a statement denying any wrongdoing by its players.

Play was set to resume 10.50am local time and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal led out his team to the middle, but after further discussions with the umpires the Sri Lanka team began walking back to the boundary. It was done to ensure the continuity of the match.

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After it appeared that a resolution had been reached to allow for play on the third day, the Sri Lankans first came onto the field.

By tea, the home side had reached 241-5.

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.

Batting a second time, Sri Lanka closed on 34 for one.

Players eventually returned to the field half-hour before the scheduled lunch interval, with the morning session extended until 12:30 pm.

Steve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a one-year ban from both domestic and worldwide cricket by Cricket Australia while batsman Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension for their involvement in the incident.

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