Colombo, Sep 30: The International Cricket Council has denied reports saying that mineral water supplied to players was not the reason for inducing gastro virus that affected many cricketers after their arrival in Sri Lanka for the ongoing World T20.
According to Australia's Herald Sun, ICC had to go with an alternative brand as official beverage partner Pepsi's mineral water was not sold in Sri Lanka, which was provided to all the teams during the tournament.
Following players' illness, ICC was forced to change the brand. Having changed the water supplier, ICC has defended it's stand as there is no evidence to suggest that contaminated mineral water had spread gastro virus which affected many cricketers.
"Although there is no evidence to suggest that water was the cause of any illness, all products supplied for use in the tournament have been replaced," an ICC spokesman was quoted as saying in Herald Sun, Australian daily.
However, Sri Lanka's local firm LAUGFS Aqua System, which is providing water for all the teams during the tournament also denied the allegations against water.
Most of the cricketers repeatedly complained about the issue but had not filed a complaint.
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland cricketers in particular were affected badly as they complained abou having flu-like symtoms, headache, but the worst being New Zealand's Tim Southee, who was hospitalized.