New Zealand news November 22, 2009

Neil Broom and Aaron Redmond admit to breaking curfew

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand batsmen Neil Broom and Aaron Redmond have admitted to breaking a team curfew in Chennai while on tour with the A team in August, which subsequently led to them being detained by the police. New Zealand Cricket said it chose not to go public with the incident and decided to deal with the matter internally.

The players, who were participating in the Buchi Babu Invitational Tournament, breached security protocol when they stepped out of their team hotel and headed to an ATM. In an act of benevolence, they tried distributing money to the poor living in the streets, before which a crowd started to gather.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the crowd got unruly and a riot started to develop. The police intervened, detained the pair at the police station and arranged for a taxi to take them back to the hotel, on realising they were New Zealand players.

"Unfortunately when we decided to leave the night spot we were picked up by police following another poor decision to hand out money to people living on the street, whereupon a crowd developed," Redmond told NZPA. "The police initially took us back to the station and then arranged for a taxi to take us back to the hotel."

Justin Vaughan, the NZC chief executive, did not revel any details of the punishment meted out to the pair. "The incident was dealt with thoroughly and appropriately at the time," he said. "It was a confidential process, and New Zealand Cricket considers the matter closed."

The pair regretted the incident and apologised to NZC for not seeking permission to step out. "We also wish to apologise to other stakeholders in the game including the fans for our inappropriate behaviour while on tour," Redmond said.

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