Sri Lanka deny ball-tampering accusations, continue to play Test ‘under protest’

Opener Devon Smith pulls during his unbeaten half-century in today’s rain-hit second day of the second Test in St Lucia

Opener Devon Smith pulls during his unbeaten half-century in today’s rain-hit second day of the second Test in St Lucia

According to a tweet from the ICC, the charge comes following a breach from Chandimal of Article 2.2.9 of the ICC's code of conduct which states that the condition of the ball had been altered by "unfair" means.

On Saturday, a ball-tampering controversy threatened play on the third day of the second Test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka with only an hour's play possible on a bright, sunny morning after the Sri Lankans initially refused to take the field.

Broadcast visuals of the Sri Lanka dressing room showed coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in animated discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath. Their players protested the charge and the subsequent penalty of a ball change and the award of five extra runs to the opposition by refusing to take the field at the start of the third day's play.

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 Cricket advised the team to play "under protest", that team management said no players "engaged in any wrongdoing", and it would take all steps to defend any player charged with "any unwarranted allegation".

As the West Indies players were waiting on the ground, the Sri Lankan team didn't turn up even as both umpires were waiting.

It was reported that the umpires were not quite happy with the way Sri Lanka were shining the ball last evening.

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

On the field, Sri Lanka clawed their way back into the match to restrict West Indies' lead to 47 after the hosts resumed on 123 for two replying to 253.

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

That match was the only Test in the game's history to be forfeited after Pakistan refused to return to the field.

For West Indies, only opener Devon Smith and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich posted scores of substance, 61 and 55 respectively.

Australia captain Smith and his deputy Warner were banned for 12 months while opening batsman Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

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