A statement on the International Cricket Council's official Twitter feed said: 'The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded five penalty runs to West Indies.
Players finally took the field at 10:50 a.m., but the Sri Lanka fielders subsequently left the field in protest, remaining just beyond the boundary in discussions with team management, while match officials also huddled in conference.
The match referee Javagal Srinath was also seen having an animated discussion with the Sri Lankan team officials.
The Sri Lankans were told on Saturday that play could not continue with the existing ball.
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The umpires had also levelled a penalty of five runs against Sri Lanka 10 minutes before the start of the play on Day 3, and made a decision to change the ball.
That decision did not bode well with the Sri Lanka players and management, who protested the decision, and players remained off the field for almost the first hour.
Sri Lanka on Saturday night said that it will defend the National cricket team over ball tampering allegations which surfaced in the West Indies.
Cricket's governing body, the ICC, tweeted that any disciplinary issues would be addressed at the end of play.
Former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara told Sky Sports in the United Kingdom: "I think that they feel hard done-by".
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This was the second such instance within three months, after the Australians were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa in March during the third Test between the two nations.
Steve Smith and David Warner were stripped of the captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively and banned from playing global cricket for 12 months. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.
Despite being at the centre of the storm, the Sri Lankan skipper put aside that vast distraction in supporting the in-form Kusal Mendis in a fifth-wicket stand of 117 runs that lifted the visitors from the depths of 48 for four in their second innings on Sunday. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.
For West Indies, only opener Devon Smith and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich posted scores of substance, 61 and 55 respectively.
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