Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal charged with ball tampering by ICC

2nd Test Day 2 Devon Smith Battles For Windies On Soggy Slow Day

2nd Test Day 2 Devon Smith Battles For Windies On Soggy Slow Day

The Sri Lanka Cricket board said that the team management had informed them that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrong doing during the ongoing second Test match played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

"SLC advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and wish to commend the decision taken by the team to continue with the game "under protest" to ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game".

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.

The charge constitutes a breach under Article 2.2.9 of the ICC's code of conduct, which deals with altering the condition of the ball by "unfair" means. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months.

More news: Jason Day among stars having US Open shockers

The West Indies resumed on day three on 118-2, which was bumped up to 123/2 by the penalty runs.

Steve Smith and David Warner were stripped of the captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively and banned from playing global cricket for 12 months.

While no official statement has been made on the reason behind the delay, it has been alleged that Sri Lankan players and management have objected to the decision of umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar to change the ball overnight.

Sri Lanka Cricket has strongly denied involvement of any of its players in ball-tampering. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials continued for another 40 minutes. But the home side was all out in quick succession after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.

More news: New York Knicks: Knicks shouldn’t go after Michael Porter Jr. in draft

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.

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

He lost the company of Chase in the final over the session as Sri Lanka struck immediately upon taking the second new ball when the all-rounder, on 41, flicked a full-length delivery to Suranga Lakmal at midwicket.

More news: Cristiano Ronaldo to pay £16.5m fine after tax fraud case

Recommended News

  • ECB to halt quantitative easing at year-end

    ECB to halt quantitative easing at year-end

    The central bank said that "uncertainties regarding the prospects for the German economy are considerably greater than they were". The new government is also planning a flat tax, calculating the loss of revenue will be compensated by a surge in growth.
    Amelia Kerr Smashes Highest Individual Score in Women's ODI History

    Amelia Kerr Smashes Highest Individual Score in Women's ODI History

    Amy Satterthwaite (61 off 45 balls) and Kerr provided the team with a ideal start, scoring 113 for the first wicket. After the end of the 48th over she was still on 205 and needed 25 runs in the last 12 balls.
    Cristiano Ronaldo accepts two-year suspended prison sentence

    Cristiano Ronaldo accepts two-year suspended prison sentence

    The deal was yet to be ratified by Spain's Tax Office, according to different Spanish media, including Europa Press news agency. The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players.
  • Iceland hold Argentina to draw as Messi misses penalty

    Iceland hold Argentina to draw as Messi misses penalty

    In a game where Messi failed to respond to Cristiano Ronaldo's 3 goal heroics, Sergio Aguero proved that he is a top marksman. Argentina has the English Premier League experience of central defenders Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Rojo to help cope.
    'Man of Peace': Norwegian MPs Nominate Trump for Nobel Prize

    'Man of Peace': Norwegian MPs Nominate Trump for Nobel Prize

    Ladbrokes increased Trump's chances of winning the prize , either alone or jointly, from 10/1 to 6/4 in the wake of the summit. So while Trump and Kim could be among the 330 nominees for 2018, an award linked to North Korea may be more likely in 2019.
    Spain's Fernando Hierro - I wouldn't trade any player for Cristiano Ronaldo

    Spain's Fernando Hierro - I wouldn't trade any player for Cristiano Ronaldo

    That said, a number of fans watching the action at home are convinced Ronaldo was in fact taking a shot at De Gea. I am happy with the way the team reacted, we deserved more but football is like that, this can happen to you.
  • Villagers recover woman's body swallowed by giant python in Indonesia

    Villagers recover woman's body swallowed by giant python in Indonesia

    A woman died after a 23-foot python swallowed her whole in Muna, an island in the southeast Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Suspecting that the snake has swallowed the victim, the residents killed it and carried out of the garden.
    Croatia, Denmark get off to winning start in Russian Federation

    Croatia, Denmark get off to winning start in Russian Federation

    That helped the keeper recover and leap to grab the ball as it came down with Peru players nearby looking to pounce. The so-called Danish Dynamite had the better of possession but fewer scoring threats.
    Confirmed: Apple Maps is choking and its features are still offline

    Confirmed: Apple Maps is choking and its features are still offline

    Those trying to get directions using Apple Maps are receiving a message that reads, "Directions Not Available". EDT Mashable successfully used Apple Maps on multiple devices, but the official website says it is still down.
  • Power words: Europe's stake in the Macedonian name dispute

    Power words: Europe's stake in the Macedonian name dispute

    The agreement, under which Macedonia will change its name to Republic of North Macedonia, is expected to be signed this weekend. But for others it marks a welcome end to a protracted dispute. "It was high time for the problem to be solved".
    Saudi Arabia 0-3 Peru

    Saudi Arabia 0-3 Peru

    Peru captain Paolo Guerrero said he is grateful to his team-mates after scoring twice in his long-awaited return ahead of the World Cup.
    Golden Boy gives Golovkin deadline to sgn for rematch with Canelo

    Golden Boy gives Golovkin deadline to sgn for rematch with Canelo

    Alvarez's record now sits at 49-1-2 ahead of the September rematch, which will take place at T-Mobile Arena, according to ESPN . Golovkin faced short-notice replacement Vanes Martirosyan in Carson, California, instead and wiped him out in two rounds.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.