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Chandimal & Co Refuse to Take Field After Umpires Decide to Change Ball

CricketChandimal & Co Refuse to Take Field After Umpires Decide to Change Ball

The start of the third day’s play in St Lucia was delayed by an hour and 20 minutes, after Sri Lanka refused to take the field at the scheduled start time of 9.30am. It appears that Sri Lanka have objected to the decision of umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar to change the ball.lanka

When play eventually began at 11.50am, the umpires decided to award West Indies five penalty runs and changed the ball – with the two West Indies batsmen at the crease given the right to choose the replacement – which is the protocol under Law 41.3 (“The match ball – changing its condition”) of the game.

At close of play on day two, West Indies were 118 for 2 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first-innings score of 253. Saturday’s play was due to start half-an-hour early to make up for rain delays on day two, but even as the two umpires made their way out to the middle, none of the Sri Lanka players joined them.

Broadcaster visuals of the the Sri Lanka dressing room showed Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath.
Cricket West Indies tweeted that play would begin at 9.55am, but it did not. Eventually, it began at 10.50am.

According to a person present at the ground the umpires “suspected” a case of ball tampering: “The umpires are suspecting that there has been a ball-tampering situation. They wanted to change the ball, but without actually pointing a finger to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan team management is protesting against that.”

It is understood that the umpires were concerned about the condition of the ball at the end of the first day’s play of the second Test. “We did see the umpires looking at the ball a few times yesterday, but there was no statement made at the end of the day,” the official said. “It all happened this morning.”

A previous instance of a team refusing to take the field after a ball-change came at The Oval in 2006, when Pakistan did not take the field after tea on day four, after umpire Darrell Hair changed the ball and awarded five penalty runs to England. Pakistan eventually forfeited the Test.

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