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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  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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,

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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) ???

  • fanedlive 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) ???

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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 !

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

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