Lanka skipper Chandimal charged with ball-tampering

Devon Smith is unbeaten on 45

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.

The Lankan players refused to come out on the field after the umpire Aleem Dar and Ian Gould changed the ball after finding them guilty of trying to shine the ball in an illegal manner.

Sri Lanka's players then took to the field at 10.50am local time, 50 minutes after the scheduled start, but did not start play for another 40 minutes as the dispute continued with captain Dinesh Chandimal arguing with the umpires.

Broadcast visuals of the Sri Lanka dressing room showed coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in animated discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath. It appears that the umpires weren't happy with the way the visitors were shining the ball towards the end of the second day's play and that resulted in them changing the ball.

"The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to West Indies", the ICC tweeted.

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

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"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".

He lost the company of Chase in the final over the session as Sri Lanka struck immediately upon taking the second new ball when the all-rounder, on 41, flicked a full-length delivery to Suranga Lakmal at midwicket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now chose to charge Chandimal for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

"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.

The latest ball-tampering incident comes months after the infamous scandal in Newlands, Cape Town that rocked the cricketing world and led to the suspension of Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Chandimal is deputising for the injured Angelo Mathews who flew back to Sri Lanka following the first test due to a family issue.

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.

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