AN investigation is to be held by the ICC into the events surrounding the Pepsi ICC World League Division Five match between Nepal and United States, which was interrupted by an unruly crowd at the Tribhuvan University ground in Kathmandu last week.
Rocks and bottles were thrown on to the outfield, and the time lost on the suspended play, adjusted by Duckworth Lewis method, allowed Nepal to pip Singapore for promotion on net run-rate by a tiny fraction — in fact by two balls. If the United States had taken two balls fewer to seal their five-wicket win to top the table, Nepal would have missed the two promotion slots.
The ICC will investigate firstly whether the event technical committee correctly applied and interpreted the tournament regulations and, secondly, the nature of the security breach at the ground. Imran Khwaja, the chairman of the Singapore Cricket Association, said: “I have spoken with the ICC and I am satisfied with the course of action that they are pursuing.”