WT20: 'Gastro virus' forces ICC to change water

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Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10:22 [IST]
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Stomach bug forces ICC to change water

Colombo, Sep 25: Following many cricketers suffering from stomach infection, ICC World T20 organisers have changed the water supplier and also arranged for food inspectors to find out if that was the main reason for spreading the gastro virus, according to official sources.

Ever since the start of ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka, many overseas players have fallen ill, and have complained about stomach infection which prompted the organisers to change the water supplier and suspect the food being served at the premises.

The list of players include New Zealand's Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Australia's Bradd Hogg, Mitchell Starc, Ireland's George Dockrell and Paul Stirling.

Moreover, New Zealand's Tim Southee, also suffering from a stomach bug, needed hospital treatment for dehydration, which actually prompted the organisers to take immediate action, as many players reportedly complained of stomach infection after their arrival in Sri Lanka.

Though it is not confirmed that water was the root cause for teh problem, but an ICC spokesperson also clarified that they had changed the water supplier for the rest of the tournament.

"Although there is no evidence to suggest that water was the cause of any illness, the product supplied for use in the tournament has been replaced," the spokesman told AFP.

Moreover, he disagreed with the quality of food served, as he said "If an entire team, or at least a majority, go down, we can understand that there is something wrong with the food and beverages department," said the source.

"Just a few players have been affected."

Meanwhile, none of the teams have lodged any complaint regarding the issue, and looks like the issue has been sorted out for the time being, as the tournament has progressed towards the next stage, Super Eights.


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