Nagaland Page – GROS-ISLET (Saint Lucia), June 16: An apparent ball-tampering controversy has thrown the second Test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka into jeopardy.
- GROS-ISLET (Saint Lucia), June 16: An apparent ball-tampering controversy has thrown the second Test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka into jeopardy.
- After it appeared that a resolution had been reached to allow for play on the third day at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia to get underway almost 90 minutes later than scheduled, the Sri Lankans first came onto the field.
- Following concerns raised by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould about the condition of the ball nearing the end of the second day, Sri Lanka were advised before the start of play on Saturday that they could not continue with the existing ball.
- This resulted in Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal refusing to lead his team onto the field with the West Indies set to continue their innings at 118 for two in reply to the tourists’ first innings total of 253.
- Animated discussions then ensued involving match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka’s coach Chandika Hathurusingha and it appeared for some time that the day’s play at least and possibly the rest of the match might be in doubt.