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Dilshan masterminded the no-ball plot?

Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 12:29 [IST]
 
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Dilshan hatched the no-ball plot?

Dambulla, Aug 18: The purported conspiracy to deny Indian ace batsman, Virendra Sehwag of a century during the Aug 16 tri-series match was reportedly hatched by Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan.

According to a newspaper report, it was Dilshan, who influenced off-spinner Suraj Randiv to bowl a no ball to deny the Indian opener of achieving the hundred mark.

The Island reported that Dilshan, who was fielding at cover point, shouted in Sinhalese 'oney nam, no ball ekak danna puluwan' (if you want, you can bowl a no ball) at the fag end of the match which India won by six wickets.

This comes after the Lankan team captain Kumar Sangakkara indicated, in a post match press conference, that someone may have suggested to Randiv to bowl the no ball.

With this, Sangakkara too came under the scanner.

The controversy evolved into a huge row prompting the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday, Aug 17 to start an inquiry into the incident.

In a bid to put an end to the snowballing issue, Randiv as well as top SLC officials rendered their apologises as well.

Interestingly, Dilshan, who is now alleged to be the mastermind behind the great no-ball plot, is Sehwag's Delhi Daredevils team-mate at the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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