Ball changed! Sri Lanka refuses to field in protest

Marcus Newton
June 17, 2018

The start of the play on day 3 of the second test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in St Lucia was delayed by nearly 100 minutes as Sri Lankan players refused to take the field.

It was on Saturday that Chandimal refused to take the field along with his teammates after the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar charged them to alter the conditions of the ball.

Sri Lanka's players then took to the field at 10.50am local time, 50 minutes after the scheduled start, but did not start play for another 40 minutes as the dispute continued with captain Dinesh Chandimal arguing with the umpires.

There were animated discussions involving match referee Javagal Srinath and the Sri Lankan pair of coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

The Sri Lankans apparently were unhappy that the charge was brought just before play got underway on Saturday (June 16).

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

"The players and the team management were adamant that the game should be forfeited as the match officials were accusing them without showing any concrete evidence".

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

The hosts were eventually dismissed for 300 - a first innings advantage of 47 - with Devon Smith (61), Shane Dowrich (55) and Roston Chase (41) leading the way with the bat and Kamara (four for 86) starring with the ball for Sri Lanka.

The ICC's ruling comes following a standoff between Chandimal's Sri Lankan side and the officials on day three of the Test.

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

Australia captain Smith and his deputy Warner were banned for 12 months while opening batsman Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months.

Second time around the tourists lost Kusal Perera for 20 en route to 34 for one - a deficit of 13.

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