Randhiv, SL Cricket apologizes to Sehwag

Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 12:19 [IST]
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Randhiv apologizes to Sehwag

Sri Lankan off-spinner Suraj Randhiv who seemed to have deliberately no-balled to leave Virender Sehwag stranded on 99 in the third match of the tri-series in Dambulla where India won by 6 wickets has apologized for his antics to Sehwag.

Virender Sehwag confirmed through a twit saying that Randhiv had come to his room and placed his apology.

SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga had earlier called up the Indian team manager Ranjib Biswal and apologized for Monday's incident.

Sehwag was just one short of his 13th ODI hundred when Randiv, who had not bowled a no ball in the Test or ODI series this season, bowled one which was hit by the opener for a six. However, it did not count because the no ball amounted to India's winning run leaving Sehwag on an unbeaten 99.

Randiv's delibrate no-ball was criticised by Sehwag in the post match press conference and to put an end to the incident, Ranatunga gave Biswal a call to apologize.

"In the morning, Ranatunga called me up personally and apologised on behalf of the board for the Sehwag incident," Biswal said.

"He said this was not in the spirit of the game. Nishantha said 'We have a good relationship with India and we apologise for yesterday's incident'," Biswal revealed.

The Indian manager said Ranatunga asked him to convey the apologies to Sehwag.

"Since the secretary has called us, we are treating this matter as closed," Biswal said.

Ranatunga said that the SLC is awaiting the report from the team manager before deciding on further course of action.

"We have asked him to probe the incident. We will take necessary action in this regard once we get the report. We are upset about the incident and we are unhappy as Sri Lankan cricketers have won the ICC spirit of the game award thrice and these things won't be tolerated," he said.

India comprehensively won last night's match by six wickets but the conduct of the Sri Lankan team caused upset in the visitors' camp.

Minutes after the game, a livid Sehwag told reporters that Sri Lanka had used such tactics earlier also, pointing out that they had left Sachin Tendulkar stranded at 99 with a similar strategy in a match in Cuttack.

Sehwag said that Randiv had not bowled a single no ball earlier and asked "How can he bowl one at this point?"

"It was clear that the Lankan team did not want me to get to my 100," the opener said.


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