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Thatscricket - News - ECB hopes for invasion Law by summer

Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: British Parliamentarians would consider a new Law against running on to a cricket pitches during matches if the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) succeeds in making it an offence."We are pursuing the line of trying to get Legislation to make it an offence to run on to the pitch," an ECB spokesman told IANS.Proposals for the new Legislation will be drafted later this year. They will then be handed to the government. A draft Act will then have to be approved by the House of Commons and then the House of Lords before it can take effect."We are looking to get the Legislation in place before the summer season next year," the ECB spokesman said.The proposals are being considered as a matter of urgency by the ECB following repeated cases of assault from sections of crowds during the NatWest One-day series in England this summer.The trouble invariably arose during matches where Pakistan was playing.Pakistani fans invaded the field, and players were pushed and jostled. One player was hurt on the field by a missile hurled, and another by a beer can at the presentation ceremony during the final that Pakistan lost.ECB is trying to get Legislation in place that will cover all matches and not to short-term measures to guard against any one set of fans, the spokesman said.But the ECB is taking measures this summer itself to protect cricketers and pitches. England play a five-Test series against Australia with the first match beginning at Edgbaston July 9.The ECB Legislation will hold for England. But it is expected to become a model for similar Legislation or rules to be enforced also in other countries.IANS

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