ICC charges Dinesh Chandimal for breaching the Code of Conduct

Mae Harvey
June 18, 2018

Sri Lanka cricket authorities have thrown their support behind their team in the ball-change controversy that marred the third day of the second Test against West Indies, and have vowed to "take all necessary steps to defend any player", unfairly accused of any wrongdoing.

The ICC said officials charged Chandimal after "television footage from the final session's play on Friday (local time) appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking candies out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition".

The tourists refused to take to the field in St Lucia for two hours on Saturday, following a decision by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould to charge Sri Lanka with altering the state of the ball during the latter stages of Friday's play.

Following tampering claims by the officials in day three, Chandimal held out his team as a form of protest, delaying the game for two hours.

"The officials laid the charge after television footage from the final session's play on Friday appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking candies out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition", the ICC said in a statement.

"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 said in a statement.

In March this year, Australia were caught tampering with the ball in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

According to ESPNCricinfo, the umpires laid the charge after reviewing footage of the second day's play, and finding evidence pointing to the application of a substance to the ball.

Following their admissions of guilt and an investigation, Steve Smith and David Warner were stripped of the captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively and banned from playing global cricket for 12 months.

Sri Lanka protested by refusing to leave their dressing room for almost 90 minutes.

Mendis touched a leg-side delivery from Jason Holder through to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich when on 14 but was reprieved as the West Indies captain had overstepped the front crease. Five penalty runs have been added to the West Indies total. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

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