Concerned ICC seeks assurance on other ODI venues

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2002, 16:34 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is seeking urgent confirmation from India's cricket chiefs concerning the security measures in place for the remaining four matches of the one-day series between India and West Indies.

The ICC's move followed the abandonment of the countries' third One-day International in Rajkot because of crowd trouble on Tuesday. ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed said in a statement that following three consecutive games marred by crowd unrest and disturbance, the ICC was seeking reassurances about the safety of both sets of players and officials for the remainder of the series. "The ICC has been in contact with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the disturbances in Jamshedpur and Nagpur and is now in the process of seeking a full explanation of Tuesday's unacceptable events in Rajkot," said Speed. "In addition, we have asked for details of the ground stewarding and security plans for the next four matches. "We will also request that BCCI officials meet with ICC match referee Mike Proctor, to discuss the matter and brief them fully of plans and contingency measures," Speed said. At present there is no authority to remove the international status of a venue, but Speed said this was an option that will be considered by an imminent meeting of the ICC's safety and security committee. "We have asked this committee to consider appropriate penalties for venues which consistently fail to meet their obligations in meeting minimum standards of security. This is likely to include the ultimate sanction of withdrawing international status from a ground, combined with a heavy financial penalty," Speed confirmed.

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