Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have banned Suraj Randiv for one match and fined senior player Tillakaratne Dilshan after the former bowled a big no-ball to deny Virender Sehwag a century in game three of the One-Day International tri-series in Dambulla.
With the scores level and Sehwag on 99, Randiv's no-ball ensured the match was won before Sehwag smashed the ball into the stands for a six as India scored a six-wicket win.
SLC immediately launched an investigation, deciding that Randiv and Dilshan, whose interference was deemed to have influenced off-spinner Randiv, should be punished for their actions.
Randiv will miss Sri Lanka's next match against New Zealand on 19th August and forfeit his match fee for the India match while Dilshan will also forfeit his match fee from the game.
In addition, captain Kumar Sangakkara has been advised to ensure no repeat of the incident.
"Kumar Sangakkara, too has been advised to ensure that repetition of such incidents do not occur, where disrepute will be brought to the game of Cricket, affecting the spirit of the game," a statement from the board read.
"Sri Lanka Cricket is extremely proud of its team and their achievements over the years. It is of paramount importance to maintain the discipline of the Gentlemen’s game, especially with Sri Lanka Cricket being winners of the ‘ICC Spirit of the Game’ award for two consecutive years.
"As such Sri Lanka Cricket has taken a stern decision against Suraj Randiv and T M Dilshan, for their actions during the 3rd ODI of the Micromax Tri-Series held on August 16, 2010, between India, in Dambulla, wherein Virender Sehwag was deprived of scoring his century due to the delivery of a no ball by Suraj Randiv."
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