DAMBULLA, SRI LANKA // Sri Lanka Cricket has suspended Suraj Randiv, the off-spinner, for one match for deliberately bowling a no-ball to deprive Virender Sehwag, the India opener, of a century in the tri-series. Randiv has been suspended from today's one-day international against New Zealand and fined his match fee from Monday's game for the incident against India, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.
With Sehwag on 99 not out, the scores even and one delivery left in the match, Randiv bowled a no-ball. Sehwag hit it for a six to win the match, but it was not included to his total because cricket laws count the extra run first. Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka opener, was also fined his match fee for instigating Randiv to bowl a no-ball. The entire team, meanwhile, took responsibility for the no-ball, Sangakkara, the captain, said yesterday.
Sangakkara said the controversy had tarnished their reputation as a team that played in the spirit of the game. But amid criticism by local and Indian media, Sangakkara asked for everyone to move on, and hoped his players learned a lesson. "I don't think there's anything more that can be expected from us as a team. We are trying to do the right thing, we strive to do the right thing at all times. "First point is, as professionals, whatever happens before games or after games, it's immaterial when we go onto the field. Number two, you just 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."
* Associated Press