ICC charges Dinesh Chandimal for breaching the Code of Conduct

ICC charges Dinesh Chandimal for breaching the Code of Conduct

ICC charges Dinesh Chandimal for breaching the Code of Conduct

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now chose to charge Chandimal for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

According to a report from ESPNcricinfo, the umpires laid the charge on Chandimal after reviewing footage of day two, where they found evidence of a foreign substance being applied to the ball. The match referee Javagal Srinath was also seen having an animated discussion with the Sri Lankan team officials. They made a decision to change the ball and levied a penalty of 5 runs against Sri Lanka's name.

On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had charged Chandimal after play on Saturday for changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions.

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".

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It's safe to say though, that this certainly is a bad look on the coach, who didn't appear to be transparent in his intentions. He added: "You never know, the players have already seen it all and sure, they can play a good role at the World Cup ".

The umpires took the call to change the ball on Saturday morning and that angered the Sri Lankan team.

"If there are any, Code of Conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play", the ICC Tweeted.

Former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara told Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, "I think that they feel hard done-by".

The Sri Lankan board sent out a statement defending its players.

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Following the Bancroft incident, which resulted in three Australian players being handed lengthy bans by their own board, the ICC chose to consider severe sanctions against ball tampering.

The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich. The first and only time a match has been forfeited in the history of Test cricket was in 2006, after Pakistan were penalised five runs for ball tampering in the fourth Test against England at The Oval.

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.

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.

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Batting a second time, Sri Lanka closed on 34 for one.

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