Ball changed! Sri Lanka refuses to field in protest

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"The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to West Indies", the ICC tweeted.

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been charged by the ICC after a ball-tampering row overshadowed the third day of his team's second Test against the West Indies.

According to ESPNCricinfo, the umpires laid the charge after reviewing footage of the second day's play, and finding evidence pointing to the application of a substance to the ball.

The tourists eventually made a decision to play following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka's coaching staff.

Officials penalised the Sri Lankans five extra runs for the holdout, but the Sri Lankan camp maintained that despite eventually taking the field, the team was still playing under protest.

Sri Lanka held up play for almost two hours having been penalised five penalty runs ahead of the third day of the second Test against the West Indies due to a ball-tampering row.

Play was set to resume 10.50am local time and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal led out his team to the middle, but after further discussions with the umpires the Sri Lanka team began walking back to the boundary. The situation regarding the change of ball and the implied ball tampering is nowhere close to being resolved even as it is bright and sunny at Gros Islet.

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", the statement read. It was done to ensure the continuity of the match.

Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from worldwide and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia. The same charge was levelled against Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft who was caught on camera rubbing a piece of sandpaper on the ball against South Africa in March.

The West Indies were awarded five penalty runs and Sri Lanka eventually agreed to take to the pitch with the ball being changed.

The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.

West Indies, however, lost their last six wickets for 59 with the dismissal of Roston Chase for 41 triggering a decline from 241 for four.

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