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ICC commends Lanka, says matter closed

cricket Updated: Aug 19, 2010 00:10 IST

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The International Cricket Council on Wednesday commended Sri Lankan Cricket Board for taking swift and decisive action in the no-ball controversy and said it is now a closed chapter for the game's governing body.

"The Spirit of Cricket is a fundamental part of our great sport and it is pleasing to see our Members upholding it in such a decisive manner," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

"This is a clear sign that the notion of fair play is still very important to those who love the game of cricket and we commend SLC on its commitment to that.

"As far as the ICC is concerned it was an unfortunate incident and the matter is now closed," he added.

ICC's statement came after SLC cracked the whip on its players by suspending off-spinner Suraj Randiv for one match and imposing a fine on Thillakaratne Dilshan for their role in depriving Indian opener Virender Sehwag a century.

Caustic Sehwag tweets
Dambulla: Meanwhile, in an apparent taunt to Sri Lanka players, India opener Virender Sehwag suggested that the fear of defeat might have prompted them to abandon playing the game the right way.

"If we play with energy, poise and unselfishness, we will be playing the game the right way," tweeted Sehwag, who was denied a century as off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowled a
no-ball at the fag end of the match.

In another tweet, Sehwag indicated the Lankans might have been "unsettled" by the thought of losing the match, which India won easily by six wickets with more than 15 overs left.

"Worry and fear just make you frazzled and unsettled. And the truth is that win or lose, life still goes on.

"The right effort has to do with unselfishness and working to benefit the team," he added.