The Board of Control for Cricket in India [ Images ] stuck to its stand of steering clear of the no-ball controversy, but said the Sri Lankan Board should take action against its players if they are found guilty of violating ICC [ Images ] rules during the tri-series match against India at Dambulla on Monday.
BCCI Media and Finance Committee chairman Rajiv Shukla said the Board is bound by International Cricket Council [ Images ] rules and SLC should act under the ICC Code after a thorough probe.
"BCCI can't do anything because we are bound by ICC rules. The existing rule can't be challenged. This is an issue of conduct of a player," Shukla said.
"Sri Lankan cricket board should find out the reasons behind the incident and take strict action against those responsible. If the Sri Lankan board finds out that a player was coaxed by somebody to do so (to bowl a no-ball), then action must be taken against him," he said.
Asked about his view on Suraj Randiv [ Images ] apparently bowling a deliberate no-ball to Virender Sehwag [ Images ] to deprive the Indian opener of a century, Shukla said, "If it is true, then this is a very serious matter. If players do such a thing, then this is a very serious issue."
A six-member committee of Sri Lanka [ Images ] Cricket, headed by its interim chairman D S de Silva, will take a decision on the recommendations of the team manager, who probed the 'no-ball' incident and submitted his report.
With the scores levelled in Monday's tri-series match between India and Sri Lanka, off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowled a no-ball to deny Sehwag a hundred. The ploy was condemned by everyone, as it was not within the spirit of the game.
Sehwag was left stranded on 99 though he hit the no-ball for a six.