Sri Lanka on Saturday night said that it will defend the National cricket team over ball tampering allegations which surfaced in the West Indies.
The Sri Lanka Cricket board said that the team management had informed them that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrong doing during the ongoing second Test match played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
The Sri Lanka cricket team refused to take the field on the third day of the second Test in the West Indies on Saturday after the ball-tampering row.
Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould had raised concerns about the condition of the ball towards the end of day two.
Play started two hours later in St Lucia, following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka’s coaching staff.
The Sri Lankans were told on Saturday that play could not continue with the existing ball.
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 Lanka Cricket board later said in a statement that the team protested the decision taken by the umpires citing ‘’Changing the Condition of the Ball’’ and had refused to take to the field.
SLC had however advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and the cricket board commended the decision taken by the team to continue with the game ‘under protest’ to ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game.
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.
SLC reiterated its commitment to adhering to the laws of the game and upholding the spirit of the game. SLC said it also stands firm in its commitment to protect the dignity of the National cricketers at all times.