Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Sri Lanka protest after ball-tampering accusations

Sri Lanka protest after ball-tampering accusations

A statement on the International Cricket Council's official Twitter feed said: 'The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded five penalty runs to West Indies.

Play started two hours later in St Lucia, following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka's coaching staff. 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 latest incident was akin to the 2006 one where Pakistan chose not to return after tea on day four against England at The Oval, after umpire Darrell Hair changed the ball and awarded five penalty runs.

At the conclusion of the day's play, Sri Lanka Cricket released a statement.

The Sri Lankan Biard ensured that they "will take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against any members of the team".

Umpire Aleem Dar inspecting the ball Sri Lanka were deemed to have tampered.

It was communication with the board in Colombo which finally persuaded Chandimal and his team to continue with the match. If there are any, code of conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play'.

This was the second such instance within three months, after the Australians were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa in March during the third Test between the two nations. "But they were informed by SLC to not to forfeit the game", an SLC source told Cricbuzz.

Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from global and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia.

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

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.

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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