Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball-tampering


Saint Lucia: After a brief lull, ball-tampering cloud once again engulfed the world of cricket with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday charging Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with altering the condition of the ball in the second Test against West Indies.

“Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct,” the ICC wrote on its Twitter handle.

Angry Sri Lankan players refused to take the field on the third day of the match in St Lucia on Saturday, delaying the resumption of play for almost two hours, after the ICC said umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould had changed the ball and awarded West Indies five penalty runs.

The breach relates to changing the condition of the ball. The same charge was levelled against Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft who was caught on camera rubbing a piece of sandpaper on the ball against South Africa in March.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said the team had denied any wrongdoing.

“The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing during the ongoing (2nd) test match played between Sri Lanka and West Indies,” the Sri Lanka Cricket tweeted.

Chandimal is the third international captain to be charged with ball tampering in recent years. Faf du Plessis, was fined his match fee in 2016-17 after being caught applying a sweet to the ball in Hobart. It was his second offence. Steve Smith was fined his match fee and received a one match ban for his role in the sandpaper scandal in South Africa.

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