Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged after ball-tampering row


Ian Ward, Kumar Sangakkara and Nasser Hussain analyse Sri Lanka's refusal to take the field in the 2nd Test against the West Indies.

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been charged by the ICC after a ball-tampering row overshadowed the third day of his team’s second Test against the West Indies.

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.

Cricket’s governing body said on Sunday that Chandimal had been charged for “breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct” – a rule which deals with altering the state of the ball.

Sri Lanka eventually resumed play on day three on Saturday under protest, after delaying the start and strongly denying they had tampered with the ball.

The visiting team was charged with altering the condition of the ball by the umpires after they reviewed video of the West Indies’ first innings on Friday.

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

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

Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials continued for another 40 minutes.

Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play “under protest” and that team management said no players “engaged in any wrongdoing” – while it would take all steps to defend any player charged with “any unwarranted allegation”.