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Randiv, Board apologize after no ball fiasco

 

Sri Lankan off‐spinner Suraj Randiv, who denied Indian vice‐captain Virender Sehwag a well deserved hundred by bowling a no ball when he was on 99 had apologized to the Indian batsman after the incident when the teams returned to the team hotel on Monday.

Sri Lankan off‐spinner Suraj Randiv, who denied Indian vice‐captain Virender Sehwag a well deserved hundred by bowling a no ball when he was on 99 had apologized to the Indian batsman after the incident when the teams returned to the team hotel on Monday.
 
Sri Lanka Cricket was also quick to issue a statement on the whole episode and promised to look into the matter and take stern action.
 
“Randiv went to Sehwag’s room on Monday night and apologized for his action. I believe Sangakkara too has spoken to coach Gary Kirsten and expressed his regret. So basically, it was done in the spur of the moment and once that action seeped in, people realized that they have made a mistake and they have come forward and expressed their apology.” Indian team manager Ranjib Biswal told journalists yesterday.
 
“Today in the morning, Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga called me up expressing his regret about yesterday’s no‐ball incident. He expressed his regret officially and asked me to convey it to the Indian team, particularly to Sehwag. They have also assured that they will look into the matter officially, why it happened and correct the procedure. On behalf of Team India, we have accepted Nishantha’s regret and we hope that both the countries’ cricketing relations go forward,” Biswal added during the media briefing.
 
In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket also said that they were perturbed and disconcerted by Randiv’s action. “We are perturbed and disconcerted by the news reports which indicate that Virender Sehwag had been deliberately deprived of reaching a century by Suraj Randiv bowling a no ball in the last over,” the statement said.
 
Team Manger Anura Tennakoon was asked to initiate an inquiry and after looking into the matter, the former Sri Lanka captain had forwarded his findings to the board. SLC Interim Committee was looking into video footage of the incident and is expected to announce a decision on the matter today.
 
(Island)
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