Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal charged after ball-tampering row

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Chandimal is accused of breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for "changing the condition of the ball".

ESPNcricinfo understands that the umpires had laid their 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 eventually took to the field at 10.50am local time - 50 minutes after the scheduled start - but there was a further delay of 40 minutes as, having taken to the field, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal began arguing with the umpires before a delivery was bowled.

Match officials changed the ball and awarded West Indies five penalty runs over their concern about the suspected altered condition of the ball, prompting the visitors' refusal to take the field at the start of play at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

It appeared for some time that the day's play at least and possibly the rest of the match might be in doubt. It didn't take too long for the umpires to test the shape of the ball using the rings and then spoke to Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal as well.

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Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play "under protest" and that team management said no players "engaged in any wrongdoing" - while it would take all steps to defend any player charged with "any unwarranted allegation".

For their part, the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council, reserved the right to take punitive action. If there are any, code of conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play'.

"I think that everyone is a bit jumpy and walking on eggshells, especially after what happened in South Africa".

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.

The controversy also rekindled memories of 2006 when Pakistan were penalised five runs for ball tampering in the fourth Test against England at The Oval. "But they were informed by SLC to not to forfeit the game", an SLC source told Cricbuzz.

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