June 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a statement has strongly denied that the players were involved in ball tampering and said they are playing the match 'under protest' to uphold the spirit of the game.
Earlier on the third day of the second Test against West Indies at Gros Islet the umpires reviewing the second day play charged the Sri Lankan players of ball tampering and awarded five runs to the West Indies.
The team on the 3rd day of the match protested a decision taken by the Umpires citing Changing the Condition of the Ball refused to take the field on Saturday.
Sri Lanka Cricket defending the players said the team management has informed SLC that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrong doing during the ongoing (2nd) Test match played between Sri Lanka and West Indies.
SLC said the board advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and wish to commend 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 Mustapha, and the Competent Authority of SLC, Kamal Padmasiri in collaboration with the SLC CEO Ashley De Silva and Head of International Cricket of SLC Chandima Mapatuna, conveyed to the team management that SLC shall take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team.
"SLC reiterates its commitment to adhering to the laws of the game and upholding the spirit of the game. SLC stands firm in our commitment to protect the dignity of the national cricketers at all times," the Board said.