Dinesh Chandimal Charged With Ball-Tampering Incident

Dinesh Chandimal Charged With Ball-Tampering Incident

The ball-tampering incident has once again hit the cricketing world, this time in a Test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies on Saturday in St. Lucia.

Cricket news: The entire Sri Lankan team refused to take the field following the incident

The umpires who were conducting the match suspected that the Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal has changed the condition of the ball and hence the umpires decided to change the ball.

This decision of the umpires did not go down well with the Sri Lankan team and hence they refused to take the field after the allegations were made against them, which delayed the start of Day 3’s play.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to charge the Sri Lankan captain Chandimal for breaching the Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

The play resumed on Day 3 after match referee Javagal Srinath spoke with the entire Sri Lankan team and persuaded them to take the field as play began two hours later from the stipulated time.

On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould confirmed that the conditions of the ball was changed and hence West Indies were awarded a penalty of five extra runs.

Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal has breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions.

The article 2.2.9 states: Any action(s) likely to alter the condition of the ball which were not specifically permitted under clause 41.3.2 may be regarded as ‘unfair’. The following actions shall not be permitted (this list of actions is not exhaustive but included for illustrative purposes): (a) deliberately throwing the ball into the ground for the purpose of roughening it up; (b) applying any artificial substance to the ball; and applying any non-artificial substance for any purpose other than to polish the ball; (c) lifting or otherwise interfering with any of the seams of the ball; (d) scratching the surface of the ball with finger or thumb nails or any implement.

After the day’s play began, the Sri Lankan team got their thoughts together and came out of their controversy as they bundled the Windies team for 300 runs and thus restricted their lead to just 47 runs.

Lahiru Kumara was the pick of the bowlers for the Sri Lankan team. In reply the visitors began their second innings and ended the day’s play with 34 runs on board with the loss of Kusal Perrera’s wicket.


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1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2


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1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77