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

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Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with ball tampering by the ICC during 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".

The charges had been laid by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough on Saturday.

Animated discussions ensued involving match referee Javagal Srinath and the Sri Lankan pair of coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

Action finally got under way half-hour before the scheduled lunch interval after Sri Lanka Cricket authorities instructed the team to take the field but "under protest".

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

The statement also said that Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapa, along with SLC chief executive, Ashley de Silva, and head of global cricket, Chandima Mapatuna, all assured the team management that they would "take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team".

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The Sri Lankan board sent out a statement defending its players.

At stumps on Sunday Sri Lanka was 8 for 334 in its second innings, leading West Indies by 287 runs with one day left.

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

It is understood that what raised tempers in the Sri Lanka camp was that the match officials had informed Chandimal that they were going to change the ball about 10 minutes before the start of play on day three.

Steve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a one-year ban from both domestic and global cricket by Cricket Australia while batsman Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension for their involvement in the incident.

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. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

Despite being at the centre of the storm, the Sri Lankan skipper put aside that vast distraction in supporting the in-form Kusal Mendis in a fifth-wicket stand of 117 runs that lifted the visitors from the depths of 48 for four in their second innings on Sunday.

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