ICC to probe India-Windies crowd trouble

Guyana Chronicle
November 7, 2002

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LONDON, England (Reuters) - The International Cricket Council has asked for a report from match referee Mike Proctor after crowd trouble marred West Indies' victory over India in a one-day international in Jamshedpur yesterday.

``It is disappointing that a game has been interrupted and Mike's report will help us understand why this has taken place,'' said ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed in a statement.

``Player safety is critical and incidents of this type should not happen.''

Speed said the ICC would not comment further on the Jamshedpur incidents until Proctor's report had been received.

Play had to be stopped for 10 minutes when the crowd, fearing an India defeat, threw missiles on to the field towards the end of the contest.

West Indies went on to win by four wickets in the first of a seven-match series.

Speed reiterated the ICC's commitment to security in match venues.

``I know that all (cricket) Boards work hard to try and ensure that (trouble) does not occur and it will be important for us to understand why it has happened on this occasion,'' he said.

``The ICC and representatives of Boards and the players are working together ... to ensure that every country has in place effective safety and security plans at all venues.''

Jamshedpur successfully hosted one-day internationals in 1999 and 2000.

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