Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged after ball-tampering row

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Sri Lanka's cricketers refused to take the field on the third day of the second cricket Test against the West Indies at St. Lucia after umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar changed the ball, the worldwide media reported.

Cricket's governing body said on Sunday that Chandimal had been charged for "breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct" - a rule which deals with altering the state of the ball.

Sri Lanka held up play for almost two hours having been penalised five penalty runs ahead of the third day of the second Test against the West Indies due to a ball-tampering row.

Match referee Javagal Srinath and the Sri Lankan support staff were seen having an animated discussion before the start of the third day's play.

Sri Lanka had delayed taking the field on day three of the Test over the tampering claims laid against them by match officials.

Five penalty runs have been added to the West Indies total.

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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 team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", the statement read. If there are any, code of conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play'. But the home side was all out in a rush after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.

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. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.

Opening batsman Devon Smith anchored the innings with a painstaking 61 but it was the fifth-wicket pair of Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich whose stand of 78 runs wrested the initiative from the Sri Lankans.

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

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.

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