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ICC to BCCI: Explain security breach

The parent body has sent a missive to BCCI seeking explanation for what it has termed 'breach of security' during the Guwahati ODI.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 22:51 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The International Cricket Council has sent a missive to the Indian cricket board seeking the latter's explanation for what it has termed 'serious breach of security' during the fourth one-day international between India and England at Guwahati which was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

"Malcolm Speed (the CEO of ICC) has sent us (BCCI) a letter asking for an explanation over what he's called serious breach of security. I will forward the letter to the Assam Cricket Association for its reply which I hope to get in four or five days," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said.

"The ICC has also sent a copy of the report sent to it by match referee Roshan Mahanama which is a standard procedure. After getting reply from ACA we would send a reply to the ICC," Shah added.

The April 9 tie was called off by the umpires because of damp ground conditons, a decision that incensed a section of the crowd at the Nehru Stadium which turned unruly, throwing missiles on to the ground and burning posters in the galleries.

The crowd, which had patiently waited since morning for the match to begin, lost its cool after noon when the umpires called off the match after carrying out several inspections.

Some spectators in one section of the gallery started throwing water bottles and pelting stones on to the ground.

Soon the disturbance spread to the nearby stands with the crowd pulling down vinyl boards and other advertisements

Some people gathered posters and banners and put them afire.

Some burning clothes were thrown in the area between the crowd fencing and the boundary line before police brought things under control.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 22:51 IST