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Players' illness prompts ODI forfeiture

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 20:37 IST

Canada forfeited their ODI match against Kenya in the ICC Tri-series after they failed to field a full -strength team due to illness of players.

It is the first time a major game has been forfeited because one side cannot raise an XI.

The match was cancelled on Friday night after Canadian officials informed tournament match referee Javagal Srinath in a meeting, also attended by Kenyan and Scottish team representatives, that their squad had been hit by an illness and were not in a position to field a full side.

At least five players were dignosed by a local doctor to be suffering from a viral stomach condition.

The Canadians arrived here on Monday after a 24-hour journey, and the difference in the conditions between the sub-zero temperatures at home and the intense heat of Kenya could have taken a toll. They also endured a long afternoon in the field on Thursday when they lost to Scotland.

There were also reports that some of the Kenyans were also unwell, but a spokesman of the hosts team denied that and said all 15 players were fit and ready to play.

Meanwhile, two players from the Scotland side and umpire Ian Gould were also reportedly treated by a local doctor and were believed to be suffering from the same viral illness.

The cancellation of the match was a big disappointment to the organisers who had been expecting a capacity crowd on a week-end day match.

At least 16 schools were expected to be busing in children to watch the match.

The forfeiture meant four points to Kenya - just as many points as a win - who extended their lead at the top of the table.

Kenya face Scotland in the fourth match on Sunday and organisers said that game would go ahead as scheduled.

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