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

Devon Smith is unbeaten on 45

Devon Smith is unbeaten on 45

Sri Lanka cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with breaching the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct in the fallout of the ball-tampering controversy in the second Test against the West Indies.

The ICC said Chandimal was "charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct" which relates to "changing the condition of the ball".

Sri Lanka's cricketers were continuing their second test against West Indies "under protest" after they were accused by match officials of altering the condition of the ball.

The match eventually resumed after a two-hour delay, with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pointing out that the players were continuing with the game "under protest".

However it was after these deliberations that the Sri Lankans agreed to the change of ball and to continue playing.

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

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", the statement read.

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The umpires suspected that the visitors' skipper Dinesh Chandimal changed the condition of the ball and made a decision to change it which didn't go down well with the team.

It was communication with the team's board in Colombo which finally persuaded Chandimal and his men to continue with the match.

At the close of play on Day 2, Windies were 118 for 2 in reply to the opposition's first-innings score of 253. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.

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 worldwide cricket for 12 months.

Earlier, Australia's Cameron Bancroft, Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka (2017) and South Africa's Faf du Plessis (2016) were also held for the same charge. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

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.

In its second innings, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera to a thick edge behind off Shannon Gabriel two overs before stumps.

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