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Confusion led to ACU asking for SL-Kenya tapes: ICC

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2003, 0:40 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday said its anti- corruption unit (ACU) had asked for additional tapes of Kenya's shock World Cup win over Sri Lanka due to an equipment "confusion". A source had said earlier on Wednesday the ACU had sought the tapes of Monday's game in Nairobi in which Kenya upset 1996 champions Sri Lanka by 53 runs. "Yes, the tapes have been asked for," the source said. "I believe it is the first match in this World Cup where the tapes have been summoned."

An ICC statement later in the day said the ACU had requested the tapes because "there was some confusion about the availability of the necessary recording equipment." "As is widely known the anti-corruption unit receives a tape of all matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 as part of its standard operational procedures," the statement said. "On arrival at the Nairobi Gymkhana Club, there was some confusion about the availability of the necessary recording equipment for the ACU to obtain match footage in the usual manner.

"As a result a request was made to the producers of the game coverage to provide additional copies of the same footage. All of this took place before the start of the game," the statement said. "At the end of the game an ACU representative collected tapes in the usual manner and was provided with two additional copies of the same footage from the producers of the game coverage. "The ACU took all four tapes away from the ground." ICC official Brendan McClements added, "As it has at all ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 games, the ACU obtained tapes at the conclusion of the game between Kenya and Sri Lanka.

"This is not unusual, this is standard practice for the ACU." The ACU, formed two years ago after the match-fixing scandal broke, promised in its initial report that it would ensure a corruption-free World Cup. Sri Lanka, who romped through their first three matches, were shot out for 157 off 45 overs after chasing Kenya's modest 210 for nine. It was the third biggest upset in World Cup history after the Kenyans defeated the West Indies in 1996 and Bangladesh shocked eventual finalists Pakistan in 1999.

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