Video: Did Dinesh Chandimal tamper with the ball?
Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was charged with ball-tampering during the second day of the St Lucia Test against West Indies, has vehemently denied any wrong-doing and pleaded ‘not guilty’.
However, now a video has emerged which shows him putting something in his mouth, most likely some sweet, and then using the saliva to shine the ball.
Here’s the video… Dinesh Chandimal putting sweets in his mouth and then using the saliva to shine the ball. https://t.co/Ffond4q2jO
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) June 18, 2018
The video, which appears to be authentic, has gone viral on social media and looks quite incriminating.
Deserved five-run penalty for this. And then to hold the game up for two hours because of this penalty.
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) June 18, 2018
What do you make of this? https://t.co/diDRwmOf33
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 18, 2018
Not Guilty my arse. https://t.co/zuFgtRYB9b
— Dennis (@DennisCricket_) June 18, 2018
Geez, at least be subtle about it. https://t.co/V7APYLEhOr
— Scott Ferguson (@borisranting) June 18, 2018
On Saturday (June 16), the match officials for the game, Ian Gould and Aleem Dar, had decided to change the ball and also levied a penalty of five runs against the Sri Lanka team. Taking umbrage to the action of the umpires, who almost directly indicted the team, the Sri Lankan players decided not to take the field for a very long time. It was only after a very long delay that they agreed to come on to the field.
Chandimal was also seen involved in a heated discussion with the umpires before going off the field with his players again. The match was finally resumed after a two-hour long delay.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) later released an official statement, saying their players were not involved in any malafide activity, and that they would protest against the charges pressed by the umpires