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5th ODI: ACA contemplating complaint

Averring that ground condition was conducive, the ACA said there could be "other reasons" for cancellation of tie.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 20:19 IST

Dissatisfied over the umpires' decision to call off the fifth India-England one dayer on Sunday without a ball being bowled, Assam Cricket Association has threatened to move the BCCI on the issue.

Averring that the ground condition was conducive to the match being held, a visibly agitated ACA secretary Bikash Baruah told newspersons that there could be "other reasons" for the cancellation of the tie.

Baurah said he had spoken to match referee Roshan Mahanama in the morning as the umpires AV Jayprakash and Rudi Koertzen continued to delay the start of the match.

"He told me that the decision rested with the umpires. When I took it up the matter with them, they said it all depended on the rival captains Virender Sehwag and Andrew Flintoff," said.

However, when Baruah spoke to Sehwag, he lobbed the ball back to the umpires. "May be, the England team did not want to play".

Baurah said that the groundsmen had toiled through Saturday night to dry the ground and on Sunday morning the ACA had gone to the extent of pressing a helicopter into service.

"The copter cost us Rs 90,000 per hour. But all these efforts have been in vain," he added.

Baurah claimed that even the observer Y Giri said that the match could be started. "I shall wait for the match referee's report. Once it is available, I will consider moving the BCCI, or even the ICC, on this."

On the crowd violence that left three policemen and a spectator injured, he said, "What they did was unfortunate. How can one justify setting fire to television cameras and hurling missiles? I think they should have shown more patience".

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 19:48 IST