WC 2003 - ECB apologises to ICC over Hussain behaviour: Report
Published: Saturday, February 15, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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England loses Zimbabwe appeal, to forfeit four points
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London: England skipper Nasser Hussain was at the centre of a storm on Saturday after allegations that he was involved in a heated exchange with International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed over the Zimbabwe boycott controversy. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was even forced to apologise to Speed, according to a report in the 'Daily Telegraph'. It's not clear exactly what Hussain said to Speed during a heated meeting, but he is understood to have behaved in a manner which was not considered appropriate. The apology to Speed was made verbally by Tim Lamb, ECB chief executive, and David Morgan, the ECB chairman, and related to an incident a week ago last Friday when Speed had addressed the England players in their Cape Town hotel.The meeting had been intended to reassure England players about security concerns over what was to have been their opening World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare on Thursday, but it only increased their fears.On Saturday, the ICC turned down England's latest attempt to have the game switched to South Africa and declared that England should forfeit four points.