- Sri Lanka’s cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has denied allegations that he used a sweet to alter the condition of the ball, effectively a charge of ball tampering
- TV footage appeared to show Chandimal applying saliva to the ball after removing a sweet from his left pocket and putting it in his mouth
- The incident happened on day three of the second Test against the West Indies in Saint Lucia
Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has strongly denied the charges of trying to alter the condition of the ball, effectively ball tampering, levelled against him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after day three of the second Test against West Indies in Saint Lucia.
TV footage of the incident appears to show Chandimal removing a sweet from his left pocket, putting it in his mouth and then rubbing his saliva on the ball. The on-field umpires viewed the incident as a deliberate attempt to artificially alter the state of the ball.
Chandimal was charged with breaching level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct. The news was announced via the ICC’s official Twitter page. To make matters worse for Sri Lanka the umpires quietly added five-runs to the West Indies total.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Chandimal was so incensed by the charge and the five-run penalty that the start of play on day four was delayed by nearly two-hours as Chandimal refused to lead his players onto the field.
The situation was finally resolved when Sri Lanka Cricket officials from Colombo advised Chandimal to continue playing in the match, but to do so “under protest” and to deny the allegations against him.
Chandimal will face a hearing into the matter when the Test match concludes on Monday.
Chandimal seemed to shake-off the allegations later in the day and let his bat do the talking. He scored 39 runs in the afternoon and importantly held his own in a 119 run partnership with Kusal Mendis.
Sport24.com reported that the latest ball tampering allegation carries echoes of the 2016 incident in which South African captain Faf du Plessis was fined his entire match fee for using a mint to sweeten his saliva and alter the state of the ball during a Test in Australia.
The ICC will look to resolve this matter quickly and fairly after the damage done by Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the recent sandpaper scandal.
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