The International Cricket Council charged Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with changing the condition of the ball on Sunday after the close of play on the third day of the second Test against West Indies.
The ICC said officials charged Chandimal after "television footage from the final session's play on Friday (local time) appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking candies out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition".
Play eventually got under way around 11:30 a.m. after Sri Lanka team management consulted with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), and the visitors took the field and continued the match "under protest".
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Play started two hours later in St Lucia, following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka's coaching staff.
The ICC release on Sunday also stated: "The officials laid the charge after television footage from the final session's play on Friday appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking candies out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth, before applying the artificial substance to the ball which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition".
Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa, and the Competent Authority of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Kamal Pathmasiri in collaboration with the SLC CEO Ashley De Silva and Chandima Mapatuna, Head of International Cricket of SLC conveyed to the team management that SLC will take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team.
The latest ball-tampering fiasco had surfaced on the third day of the ongoing second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Gros Islet on Saturday.
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That incident actually would not have transpired had the West Indies reviewed a not out verdict by umpire Gould to a leg-before appeal by Gabriel to Chandimal just two deliveries earlier.
Sri Lanka protested by refusing to leave their dressing room for almost 90 minutes. But the home side was all out in quick succession after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.
Batting a second time, Sri Lanka closed on 34 for one.
Opening batsman Devon Smith anchored the innings with a painstaking 61 but it was the fifth-wicket pair of Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich whose stand of 78 runs wrested the initiative from the Sri Lankans.
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