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Aug 18, 2010

Idea for no-ball came from Tillakaratne Dilshan

A newspaper report in Sri Lanka has claimed that the instructions to Suraj Randiv to bowl a no-ball and deny Virender Sehwag a century came from Tillakaratne Dilshan.

SLC has ordered an internal investigates into the no-ball controversy and is yet to make its report official, but according to 'The Island' the idea to bowl a no-ball came from Dilshan.

According to the newspaper, 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).

The report added that none of the Sri Lankan players reacted to Dilshan's advice to bowl the no ball.

The controversial incident happened with the scores level and Sehwag batting on 99 not out, on which Randiv over-stepped the crease by a very big margin, thus ending the game and leaving Sehwag stranded on 99. Randiv's act was destined by most observers as not being in the spirit of the game.

At the post match press conference, captain Kumar Sangakkara had said, "If it was deliberate, I will have to have a chat with him and make sure it does not happen again. I will have to see also whether there was any talk about it on the field, prior to that delivery."

Sangakkara also came under the scanner as he was heard instructing Randiv in Sinhalese "If he hits the ball, he gets the run" after Sri Lanka Cricket examined the audio feed from the stump microphone to determine whether any player had played a role in coaxing Randiv to bowl a no-ball.

Dilshan, who was the skipper of the Sri Lankan side in a tri-series in Zimbabwe this year after senior players including Sangakkara was rested, is incidentally Sehwag's team-mate at the IPL side Delhi Daredevils.

Embarrassed by the controversial episode, Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday initiated an inquiry under team manager Anura Tennekoon even as Randiv and top SLC officials offered apologies to calm the furore.

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