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Guwahati in danger of being blacklisted

The ICC would take a decision based on the report of the match referee on the crowd violence witnessed after the abandonment of the fifth ODI.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 18:23 IST

Guwahati runs the danger of being blacklisted by International Cricket Council. This will go into a report by the match referee on the crowd violence witnessed after the abandonment of the fifth one-dayer between India and England on Sunday.

An ICC spokesman said Chief Executive Malcolm Speed was aware of what happened in the north-eastern city and would take a decision based on the report of Roshan Mahanama, the match referee.

"Mr Speed is aware of what has happened," the spokesman said.

The Assam Cricket Association could also run into trouble as its secretary had blamed the umpires for calling off the match.

The ICC spokesman, however, said BCCI was not entirely at fault for scheduling the match at a venue which only sees international cricket every three or four years.

"India came up with an itinerary and England agreed to play a match in Guwahati. If a Board proposes a venue it's up to the visiting country's Board to accept it or not," he said.

"If the England and Wales Cricket Board had had any doubts about it they could have sent a security delegation to inspect the ground," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

Meanwhile, England batsman Andrew Strauss said he could understand the frustration of the crowd.

"You can understand because they had been there for a long time and it wasn't raining," Strauss said.

"From the outside it looked like the conditions were right for cricket.

"It's a real shame for the spectators but obviously the players have got to take their own safety into account," he said.

"The bowlers' run ups were very wet with the potential for bowlers to do themselves damage. It only takes one slip and you can damage yourself pretty badly. It just wasn't fit enough to play a one-day international."

Strauss, who was all set to lead England in that ill-fated match, said it would have been a fantastic honour if it had gone ahead.

"The opportunity to captain your country is one that would make anyone proud, but apart from a couple of chats to the umpires I didn't actually do much," he said.