ICC March 2, 2010

ICC belatedly investigates Nepal riot

The ICC has agreed to demands from Singapore that it look into events surrounding the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 match between Nepal and USA in Kirtipur which was marred by serious crowd trouble .
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The ICC has agreed to demands from Singapore that it look into events surrounding the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 match between Nepal and USA in Kirtipur which was marred by serious crowd trouble.

Singapore argue that Nepal only qualified for the final and so gained promotion as a result of the disruption. Until the stoppage, Singapore looked set to edge them out on net run-rate, but, so they argue, the revised target agreed by the ICC technical committee altered the equation in Nepal’s favour and they edged through by 0.0035.

The ICC, who dismissed initial complaints, belatedly decided to look into the complaint, which centres on the decisions of the technical committee. Nevertheless, it seems bewildering an immediate investigation was not launched into the riot itself.

It may help Singapore’s efforts that Imran Khwaja, chairman of the Singapore Cricket Association, is one the ICC executive committee, although insider said there was little chance of the ICC reversing the technical committee’s decision. “They will do what they always do in this kind of situation – nothing.”

An editorial in the Straits Times, was highly critical of the ICC. “Nepali fans are known to run riot when their team are losing. But is it Singapore’s fault that security measures at the Tribhuvan University ground in Kathmandu were inadequate to stop around 5,000 of them from throwing stones and invading the ground for nearly an hour? The ICC’s silence is deafening.”

The round-robin match was delayed for around 45 minutes after sections of the 12,000-strong crowd started to throw rocks and debris onto the outfield. Trouble had been brewing for some time as USA cruised towards an easy victory over the hosts, and riot police were already in situ when things got nasty.

While most people headed at speed for the exits and the teams fled from the field, a hard core of spectators continued to hurl anything they could grab hold of onto the playing area. Some reports suggested tear gas was fired into the stands.

Eventually order was restored, and as police cleared the rubbish from the outfield using wheelbarrows, the ICC technical committee deliberated as to whether to continue the game or abandon it and award the win to the USA. In the end, a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of seven from 14 overs was agreed on and the match ended quickly and in relative calm.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • Vikram Maingi on March 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    As a workaround to the problem, all the three (Nepal, USA, Singapore), should be promoted to Division-4 for this time and the last three teams from the Div-4 competion should be pushed back to Division-5 for the next year.

  • Bishnu Subedi on March 8, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Hey Guys! Why crying over spilt milk…. Nepal should take this promotion as a lottery or ex-gratia. Technically nothing can be done by ICC to reverse the decision. The stunning fact is that Nepal is now in Division Four.

  • PRATIKH on March 8, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    We all know that Nepal and Usa are the most strong team in this championship,, and this happens in soprts,

  • bhim aryal on March 7, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Nepal & Afghanistan are the best team...These are the Team for the future to watch out!!! Days are not far when Nepal & Afghanistan which consist of indegenous and local players makes their presence felt in international arena... days will come Nepal play against the top ten countries in the world, mean to say against aussies too!!! Bhim Aryal...Jyamira, Sunwal-7, Nepal

  • Shan on March 6, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    If a the match is awarded to USA, the NRR of that doesnt come into effect, which means Nepal & USA still proceed to Div-4 !!!

    And, also we need to understand Singapore finished 4th not 3rd !!! So, if Nepal is punished, who will go to next round ??? Team No.3(Bahrain) or Team No.4(Singapore) ???

  • Shan on March 6, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    If a the match is awarded to USA, the NRR of that doesnt come into effect, which means Nepal & USA still proceed to Div-4 !!!

    And, also we need to understand Singapore finished 4th not 3rd !!! So, if Nepal is punished, who will go to next round ??? Team No.3(Bahrain) or Team No.4(Singapore) ???

  • dhruva aryal, delhi 9818108085 on March 6, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    thanks smudger... i mean to say is just the local players shall represent the country no matter whether good or bad,this way cricket will gain...where more countries comes out to play with right representation... thats it.. singapore, usa, hongkong,canada no matter how good they are but with full of outsiders!!! Thats my view... Regards, Dhruva from Delhi

  • Smudger on March 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Dhruva Aryal What do you mean Bahrain - local lads ? Every single one of them is a Pakistani expatriate !

  • Make sense on March 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Nepal rightly dont belong in the final stage, if not the RIOT. What ever happened the next day is not their achievement. Having 12k people behind them almost every match and on home ground they failed to perform in their crucial game... Do you think they are team who could handle pressure??? Where as Singapore and USA did just that... Nepal struggled @ home under pressure, No point discussing about the away games. I really dont care what the outcome is, but what happened to Singapore was not Justice. ICC should make a correct decision so that these riots shouldnt change the fate of any tournament. Just a thought - Quantity is something people like to have, but Quality is the one which is useful... Same that of cricketers and a huge fan base.

  • Make sense on March 5, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Nepal rightly dont belong in the final stage, if not the RIOT. What ever happened the next day is not their achievement. Having 12k people behind them almost every match and on home ground they failed to perform in their crucial game... Do you think they are team who could handle pressure??? Where as Singapore and USA did just that... Nepal struggled @ home under pressure, No point discussing about the away games. I really dont care what the outcome is, but what happened to Singapore was not Justice. ICC should make a correct decision so that these riots shouldnt change the fate of any tournament. Just a thought - Quantity is something people like to have, but Quality is the one which is useful... Same that of cricketers and a huge fan base.

  • Vikram Maingi on March 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    As a workaround to the problem, all the three (Nepal, USA, Singapore), should be promoted to Division-4 for this time and the last three teams from the Div-4 competion should be pushed back to Division-5 for the next year.

  • Bishnu Subedi on March 8, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Hey Guys! Why crying over spilt milk…. Nepal should take this promotion as a lottery or ex-gratia. Technically nothing can be done by ICC to reverse the decision. The stunning fact is that Nepal is now in Division Four.

  • PRATIKH on March 8, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    We all know that Nepal and Usa are the most strong team in this championship,, and this happens in soprts,

  • bhim aryal on March 7, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Nepal & Afghanistan are the best team...These are the Team for the future to watch out!!! Days are not far when Nepal & Afghanistan which consist of indegenous and local players makes their presence felt in international arena... days will come Nepal play against the top ten countries in the world, mean to say against aussies too!!! Bhim Aryal...Jyamira, Sunwal-7, Nepal

  • Shan on March 6, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    If a the match is awarded to USA, the NRR of that doesnt come into effect, which means Nepal & USA still proceed to Div-4 !!!

    And, also we need to understand Singapore finished 4th not 3rd !!! So, if Nepal is punished, who will go to next round ??? Team No.3(Bahrain) or Team No.4(Singapore) ???

  • Shan on March 6, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    If a the match is awarded to USA, the NRR of that doesnt come into effect, which means Nepal & USA still proceed to Div-4 !!!

    And, also we need to understand Singapore finished 4th not 3rd !!! So, if Nepal is punished, who will go to next round ??? Team No.3(Bahrain) or Team No.4(Singapore) ???

  • dhruva aryal, delhi 9818108085 on March 6, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    thanks smudger... i mean to say is just the local players shall represent the country no matter whether good or bad,this way cricket will gain...where more countries comes out to play with right representation... thats it.. singapore, usa, hongkong,canada no matter how good they are but with full of outsiders!!! Thats my view... Regards, Dhruva from Delhi

  • Smudger on March 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Dhruva Aryal What do you mean Bahrain - local lads ? Every single one of them is a Pakistani expatriate !

  • Make sense on March 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Nepal rightly dont belong in the final stage, if not the RIOT. What ever happened the next day is not their achievement. Having 12k people behind them almost every match and on home ground they failed to perform in their crucial game... Do you think they are team who could handle pressure??? Where as Singapore and USA did just that... Nepal struggled @ home under pressure, No point discussing about the away games. I really dont care what the outcome is, but what happened to Singapore was not Justice. ICC should make a correct decision so that these riots shouldnt change the fate of any tournament. Just a thought - Quantity is something people like to have, but Quality is the one which is useful... Same that of cricketers and a huge fan base.

  • Make sense on March 5, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Nepal rightly dont belong in the final stage, if not the RIOT. What ever happened the next day is not their achievement. Having 12k people behind them almost every match and on home ground they failed to perform in their crucial game... Do you think they are team who could handle pressure??? Where as Singapore and USA did just that... Nepal struggled @ home under pressure, No point discussing about the away games. I really dont care what the outcome is, but what happened to Singapore was not Justice. ICC should make a correct decision so that these riots shouldnt change the fate of any tournament. Just a thought - Quantity is something people like to have, but Quality is the one which is useful... Same that of cricketers and a huge fan base.

  • dhruva aryal, delhi 9818108085 on March 5, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    NEPAL DESERVE TO GET PROMOTION TO DIVISION 4.THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS, THERE IS NO POINT DISCUSSING THIS ISSUE NOW. SINGAPORE HAS DONE BEST BUT HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT USA AND NEPAL ARE THE TWO BEST TEAMS IN THIS GROUP. IT IS PROUD MOMENT FOR COUNTRIES LIKE NEPAL & BAHRAIN WHICH CONSIST OF LOCAL LADS. SINGAPORE DO HAVE MANY INDIANS AND SINGAPORE PLAYERS THUS IT IS NOT A POSITIVE SIGN FOR ICC.THUS ICC SHOULD ALSO CONCENTRATE ON PLAYERS SELECTION OF EVERY COUNTRIES SO THAT THE PLAYERS REPRESENTATION LOOK COUNTRY BASED RATHER THAN OUTSIDERS! THANKS SO MUCH.... DHRUVA ARYAL , DELHI

  • suraj kc on March 5, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    the crowd violent was not justifiable but u cannot turn down nepal from devision 4 as they have done it by their abilait... itas not the players fault...u can punish the cricket board of nepal...but not the players who have done nothing in delaying the match.and singapore who dont have their native players cant urge to the icc as nepal has a large potantiality of local and native players and crowd.. cricket is emerging verty rapidely in nepal... so icc must think about future b4 taking action in present.

  • subash Aryal on March 5, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    other aspect of crowd trouble is that, Nepal have more fans than any other associate countries,and only Nepal has all player of its motherland.so, its logical part of the game, that if there is a massive crowd, they r out of control, none of the other associate country face this problem, because they don't have all their own players and they also don't have such craze on cricket.

  • ramsbottom on March 5, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Security is something you cannot joke with. Had someone been killed in the riot last week at the Nepal - Usa game, would we be arguing now that the Nepalese team are formed by indigenous players while Singapore is formed by expats? This is of no relevance whatsoever. Both teams play under the ICC rules. Even less valid is the comparison with what happened in the France - Ireland soccer game. There the referee made a mistake which would compare to someone being given out lbw having hit the ball and then scoring a century. A valid comparison would have been if the France - Ireland referee had not given France the goal and then reverted his decision following a pitch invasion. The point is that if cricket wants to really be global it has to tackle problems and not avoid them. Not having been at the ground, only the ICC officials who were there KNOW if they were in danger. If this was the case, then ignoring the incident and doing nothing would be criminal. If not so, let the result stand

  • R Sivasubramaniam on March 5, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Unless something is done to put Singapore in Division 4, there will be nothing to stop teams to use crowd violence to influence the result of the matches. I am not aware as to the composition of the Technical Committee but in a hostile situation, they had to do what they did - or they may not have gone home! But now the ICC reviewing the situation from a detached position and looking at it objectively should restore Singapore to Division 4. I hope the Singapore Cricket Association uses this opportunity to redress a grave injustice to the boys who played their hearts out. Injustice on a cricket field of all places must not be tolerated. This is the game that teaches 'fair play' Siva from Singapore

  • prakash on March 5, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    hey what wopuld happen if nepal ttok their all wickets in next some overs and USA loses??????So what happened that was not good but singapore cannot claim they wopuld go to nxt round by dat.

  • ballav aryal on March 4, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    What happened in TU ground was not good.Its true that Nepal would not have qualified if there was no crowd trouble but its too late to talk about it now.It would have been considerable if ICC had said something or Singapore had complained right after the game.Singapore could have boycotted the 3rd place playoff match in protest.Whats the point in agreeing to play the 3rd place playoff(losing it) and then complaining about the issue to the ICC? With final already played and the trophy already handed to Nepal, would it not be injustice to Nepal to take the trophy back or to force a replay or to put them to division 5 again? Also the crowd trouble helping Nepal qualify was merely a co-incident.I don't think the fans who threw stones in anger had any idea about how their stupid act would help Nepal qualify.The solution I see to this issue is just forget what happened or promote Singapore as well to div.4 and make it a 7 team tournament.Replay or Nepal back in division 5 doesnot make sense

  • R Sivasubramaniam on March 4, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    If the ICC cannot reverse the Technical Committee's decision, they MUSt ensure that justice prevails and promote Singapore (on a one-off situation) to Division 4 and then demote the last 3 in Division 4 to Division. This way Singapore will not be made to suffer and the grave injustice to the cricketers is offset. Siva from Singapore

  • samir on March 4, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    nepal beat america anyway in the final.it proved that they deserved a promotion to the division four. besides singapore should have refused to play the third position play off match.but they played and lost to bahrain.this also proved that they were less deserving than nepal to go divison four

  • Anil Kalaver on March 4, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    It is high time that ICC takes some drastic action against Nepal and sets an example and shows the Cricketing World that ICC means business and will not take things lightly when it comes to Croud Trouble and disruption of the game and bringing it to disrepute. There have been instances where the ICC has abandend the matches and ruled in favour of the opponents in the past due to Croud trouble - a glaring example is the Semi Finals of the World Cup 1996.

    Show to the World that ICC is not just a Body that does not take any action and turn the match results of the Nepal Vs USA match as abandend game and award it to Singapore thus sending nepal back to Division 5, though belatedly!

  • subash Aryal on March 4, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    ya we realized what happened there was very bad, but we saw in past that the main cricketing nations like, India, England also can't gave strong security on their matches, and we must not forget what happened in 1996 world cup match at India, so i think that, dispite that fact of that, the ICC can't force Nepal & the USA for rematch.

  • AssociateAffiliate on March 4, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Who cares? Singapore are team made up of expats and failed first-class cricketers, in my opinion another team who the ICC are wasting their money on. Nepal on the otherhand have local players and a huge local fanbase. The ICC would be making a big mistake should it favor Singapore and once again show it is not that serious about spreading the game beyond its heartlands.

  • Deependra Sapkota on March 3, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    i think what the technical committee of ICC had done was right and they took decision fairly. it is not logical to make arguement about the disruption made by crowd. it was just a conincidence that the crowd disruption seems to up nepal to division 4.

  • knight on March 3, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Nothing can be done now. It will be wrong to reverse the decision or else it will set a wrong precedence. Recently france reached the world cup football with dubious hand ball goal. Nothing was done in retrorespect.

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  • knight on March 3, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Nothing can be done now. It will be wrong to reverse the decision or else it will set a wrong precedence. Recently france reached the world cup football with dubious hand ball goal. Nothing was done in retrorespect.

  • Deependra Sapkota on March 3, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    i think what the technical committee of ICC had done was right and they took decision fairly. it is not logical to make arguement about the disruption made by crowd. it was just a conincidence that the crowd disruption seems to up nepal to division 4.

  • AssociateAffiliate on March 4, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Who cares? Singapore are team made up of expats and failed first-class cricketers, in my opinion another team who the ICC are wasting their money on. Nepal on the otherhand have local players and a huge local fanbase. The ICC would be making a big mistake should it favor Singapore and once again show it is not that serious about spreading the game beyond its heartlands.

  • subash Aryal on March 4, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    ya we realized what happened there was very bad, but we saw in past that the main cricketing nations like, India, England also can't gave strong security on their matches, and we must not forget what happened in 1996 world cup match at India, so i think that, dispite that fact of that, the ICC can't force Nepal & the USA for rematch.

  • Anil Kalaver on March 4, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    It is high time that ICC takes some drastic action against Nepal and sets an example and shows the Cricketing World that ICC means business and will not take things lightly when it comes to Croud Trouble and disruption of the game and bringing it to disrepute. There have been instances where the ICC has abandend the matches and ruled in favour of the opponents in the past due to Croud trouble - a glaring example is the Semi Finals of the World Cup 1996.

    Show to the World that ICC is not just a Body that does not take any action and turn the match results of the Nepal Vs USA match as abandend game and award it to Singapore thus sending nepal back to Division 5, though belatedly!

  • samir on March 4, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    nepal beat america anyway in the final.it proved that they deserved a promotion to the division four. besides singapore should have refused to play the third position play off match.but they played and lost to bahrain.this also proved that they were less deserving than nepal to go divison four

  • R Sivasubramaniam on March 4, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    If the ICC cannot reverse the Technical Committee's decision, they MUSt ensure that justice prevails and promote Singapore (on a one-off situation) to Division 4 and then demote the last 3 in Division 4 to Division. This way Singapore will not be made to suffer and the grave injustice to the cricketers is offset. Siva from Singapore

  • ballav aryal on March 4, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    What happened in TU ground was not good.Its true that Nepal would not have qualified if there was no crowd trouble but its too late to talk about it now.It would have been considerable if ICC had said something or Singapore had complained right after the game.Singapore could have boycotted the 3rd place playoff match in protest.Whats the point in agreeing to play the 3rd place playoff(losing it) and then complaining about the issue to the ICC? With final already played and the trophy already handed to Nepal, would it not be injustice to Nepal to take the trophy back or to force a replay or to put them to division 5 again? Also the crowd trouble helping Nepal qualify was merely a co-incident.I don't think the fans who threw stones in anger had any idea about how their stupid act would help Nepal qualify.The solution I see to this issue is just forget what happened or promote Singapore as well to div.4 and make it a 7 team tournament.Replay or Nepal back in division 5 doesnot make sense

  • prakash on March 5, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    hey what wopuld happen if nepal ttok their all wickets in next some overs and USA loses??????So what happened that was not good but singapore cannot claim they wopuld go to nxt round by dat.

  • R Sivasubramaniam on March 5, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Unless something is done to put Singapore in Division 4, there will be nothing to stop teams to use crowd violence to influence the result of the matches. I am not aware as to the composition of the Technical Committee but in a hostile situation, they had to do what they did - or they may not have gone home! But now the ICC reviewing the situation from a detached position and looking at it objectively should restore Singapore to Division 4. I hope the Singapore Cricket Association uses this opportunity to redress a grave injustice to the boys who played their hearts out. Injustice on a cricket field of all places must not be tolerated. This is the game that teaches 'fair play' Siva from Singapore