Ahmedabad ODI comes under ICC~~s ~~hawk-eye~~

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The nail-biting Indo-Pak fourth One-day International which was held at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 12 has come under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit's (ACU) scanner.

The ACU is probing claims that a "few people" knew a day in advance that the April 12 match would not start on time.

It may be recalled that the thrilling match, which saw Pakistan stealing a last-ball win by three wickets after successfully chasing a target of 315, had started an hour late and was reduced to 48 overs-a-side because of a damp pitch.No official reason was given on the matter.

The stadium's pitch curator for 25 years Dhiraj Parsana, a former Test batsman himself, was surprised with the wet pitch. Interestingly, he wasn't present even at the ground on the day of the match due to illness.

"It took me by surprise. As a curator, I should know how it happened. However, I am completely in dark. I suspect the blame would be laid in front of my door," Parsana was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.

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