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18 June 2018, 01:27 | Susie Olson
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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.
The umpires chose to change the match ball, which was 44.3 overs old, ahead of the third day in St Lucia, prompting Sri Lanka's players to stay in their dressing room.
According to ESPNCricinfo, the umpires laid the charge after reviewing footage of the second day's play, and finding evidence pointing to the application of a substance to the ball.
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".
Play started two hours later in St Lucia, following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka's coaching staff.
The start of play yesterday was delayed until 10:50 am when the Sri Lanka players took the field along with the Windies batsmen, only for the visitors to walk off before a ball was bowled.
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". The umpires suspected that the visitors' skipper Dinesh Chandimal changed the condition of the ball and chose to change it which didn't go down well with the team. The play was eventually resumed after the Sri Lankan board urged them to continue with the game.
The global governing body tweeted the news, detailing that the captain was in breach of Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for 'changing the condition of the ball - the same charge leveled at Australia batter Cameron Bancroft during the infamous Cape Town Test in March.
Following the Bancroft incident, which resulted in three Australian players being handed lengthy bans by their own board, the ICC made a decision to consider severe sanctions against ball tampering.
Shannon Gabriel claimed an early wicket in the Sri Lanka second innings when Kusal Perera fell to a catch by Dowrich in the penultimate over of the day before the tourists ended the day on 34-1.
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