ICC charges Dinesh Chandimal for breaching the Code of Conduct

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The ICC has formally charged Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal with ball tampering after controversy marred day three of the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.

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.

Sri Lanka refused to take to the field after umpires instructed that the ball be changed - with a new one to be selected by the Windies - before the start of play.

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing during the ongoing Test match played between Sri Lanka and West Indies", a statement from SLC said. After animated discussions the Sri Lankans agreed to the change of ball and to continue playing although it is understood that they will be contesting the ball-tampering charge.

The officials had also, in keeping with the rules, awarded West Indies five extra runs.

In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) solidly backed their players.

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The umpires took the call to change the ball on Saturday morning and that angered the Sri Lankan team. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now chose to charge Chandimal for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

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.

By tea, the home side had reached 241-5.

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. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.

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. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months.

Lahiru Kumara was again their most outstanding bowler, constantly threatening with his pace and aggression to finish with figures of four for 86 and lift his wicket tally to 11 halfway through the series.

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