Dinesh Chandimal charged with changing the condition of the ball

West Indies v/s Sri Lanka 2nd Test: Day 3 start delayed as SL players refuse to play after ball was changed

Ball change controversy delays start of third day's play in second WI-SL Test

Sri Lanka have strongly denied altering the ball in the second cricket test against the West Indies in St Lucia, on a day which started nearly 90 minutes late due to their protests.

Dinesh Chandimal was charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Sri Lanka refused to take the field on the third day of the second Test in the West Indies after a ball-tampering row.

It appears that the umpires weren't happy with the way the visitors were shining the ball towards the end of the second day's play and that resulted in them changing the ball.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board later said in a statement that the team protested the decision taken by the umpires citing "Changing the Condition of the Ball" and had refused to take to the field.

Broadcaster visuals of the Sri Lanka dressing room showed coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath, the reports said.

The ball-tampering controversy hit the ongoing second Test match between Sri Lanka and Windies on Saturday in St. Lucia.

Earlier in the day, Chandimal was charged by the global cricket body in the aftermath of the high-voltage drama that took place during the third day of the Test.

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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".

Former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara told Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, "I think that they feel hard done-by".

However, after deliberations Sri Lankans agreed to the change of ball and to continue playing.

"I think that everyone is a bit jumpy and walking on eggshells, especially after what happened in South Africa". 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.

The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months. The first and only time a match has been forfeited in the history of Test cricket was in 2006, after Pakistan were penalised five runs for ball tampering in the fourth Test against England at The Oval.

West Indies, however, lost their last six wickets for 59 with the dismissal of Roston Chase for 41 triggering a decline from 241 for four.

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