No-ball row: Will Lanka Cricket ban Dilshan, Randiv?

Updated: 18 August 2010 11:47 IST

The SLC is likely to impose fine and possibly a ban on Suraj Randiv who bowled the no-ball and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who allegedly told him to do so.

No-ball row: Will Lanka Cricket ban Dilshan, Randiv?

New Delhi:

It now seems almost certain that Virendra Sehwag being denied a 100 by Sri Lanka in the tri-series match on Monday will result in a fine and possibly a ban for off-spinner Suraj Randiv who bowled the no-ball and for Tillakaratne Dilshan, who allegedly told him to do so.

A six-member committee of the Sri Lankan board will decide this afternoon on the action to be taken after discussing a report submitted by the team manager.

This will follow a public apology from Sri Lanka Captain Kumar Sangakkara who has said that the team will not run away from taking responsibility for the incident.

"I have taken full responsibility for what had happened and the matter is with the (Sri Lanka Cricket) Board. Any player guilty in the incident will have to be punished," Sangakkara said at a press conference on Wednesday.

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He also said that the team was prepared for whatever action the Sri Lankan board took, adding that though gamesmanship was part of the game, this incident could not be condoned.

"That (playing in the spirit of the game) is a grey area and it is not in black and white. It is for all the teams in the world. All the teams have experienced something or the other. Presenting yourself well on and off the field and making efforts to play fair are I think part of our job," he said.

"Anytime, we stand up to right thing and try to protect the players who are not at fault. In any way due to lack of experience or due to influence, if something happens and if we feel that a player needs to be supported, we support.

"But at all times, we hope all players will support the team as well. At the end of the day, what matters is the team. No one can win matches alone. If we do the right thing or the wrong thing, as a team we need to take the responsibility together," said the home side captain.

Sangakkara, who is the representative of current players in the ICC Cricket Committee, however, suggested that his players should uphold the spirit of the game.

"You need to make sure that you keep trying to impress upon players that the responsibility of playing cricket is not all the time about runs and wickets and winning. Winning and losing is part of the game, the manner in which you play the game and the manner in which you present yourself on and off the field is also important," the Lankan captain said. (Watch: Sangakkara takes the blame)

"It's not just Sri Lanka, it's the responsibility of all cricketers of the world. This incident was unfortunate, it's not Sri Lanka Cricket has to take the sole proprietorship of whole unsavoury incidents. All sides have gone through such incidents including India," he said.

Sri Lankan media confirmed on Wednesday that the team manager's report will mention that it was Dilshan and not Sangakkara who asked Randiv to bowl a no-ball. Though Sangakkara's role is also questionable since he gave away the four byes that also prevented Sehwag from getting his 100.

Sangakkara was not happy with Sehwag speaking in two voices on the controversy and "sensationalising" the issue. (Read: Fear of defeat led to no-ball: Sehwag)

"We can't expect just one side to keep making advances and holding out the hand while it has been sensationalised by other players. I think everyone has got the responsibility to move on from this incident," he said when asked if Sri Lankan team has anything to say to Sehwag.

"He said one thing at match presentation and there was a mark contrast in the press conference with regard to that no ball. I have spoken to Mahi (M S Dhoni) and Gary Kirsten. Sehwag has tweeted that there have been other approaches made to him. I think if you all talk of the spirit of the game, once you set right things in motion, it's the responsibility of all players, to be within that spirit," he added.

He also seemed to suggest that there was no deliberate act by any of Sri Lankan players in denying a century to Sachin Tendulkar in Cuttack as has been said by Sehwag.

"There's been this incident in Cuttack been brought up. I have seen the replay of it and that was actually a leg-bye. The umpire signalled a bye and the batsman implied that he might have even hit it. (Watch: I'm not the first victim: Sehwag)

Sri Lankan media confirmed on Wednesday that the team manager's report will mention that it was Dilshan and not Sangakkara who asked Randiv to bowl a no-ball. Though Sangakkara's role is also questionable since he gave away the four byes that also prevented Sehwag from getting his 100.

To this Sangakkara said, "The Board will inquire into the matter, taking into account all the statements made by the players, the views I have communicated to them, the views of manager. It doesn't matter, one person or five persons did it. End of the day, the team, has to face the consequences."

He said he at first thought Sehwag would get his century after the Randiv no-ball was hit for a six only to realise later that it was not so under MCC Laws of Cricket.

"We were under impression that in normal situations of the game even in a no ball, you get the runs. I was under the impression that Sehwag was on 105. There was no instance we thought he was denied a 100. Tony Greig asked me at the post-match presentation, Sehwag was denied a hundred. That was a surprise to me, I don't think anyone understood intricacies of the law in first place," he said.

"We had no inclination to deny Sehwag a hundred. If you need three runs to win and four runs to get a hundred, if you score a boundary, you do get a hundred. I would have thought that if he was stumped off a wide, we would have denied him. Maybe it's something to remember that if someone balls a wide with one run to win you can charge down the wicket and miss it if it is wide," said Sangakkara.

The hosts play New Zealand on Thursday, while India's next game is on Sunday, again against Sri Lanka. If punished, Randiv and Dilshan may miss the game.

(With PTI inputs)



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