SA national anthem cut short before WC match, ICC apologises

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New Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) In an embarrassing goof-up, therecording of South Africa''s national anthem stopped midwayduring the pre-match ceremony of their World Cup openeragainst West Indies here today, leading to a red-faced ICCapologising to the Protea team management.

The South African players, led by Graeme Smith, continuedto sing without the music after the recording suddenly stoppedbefore the Group B match at the Feroze Shah Kotla here.

It is learnt that the International Cricket Council hasapologised to South Africa for the goof-up, saying that theincident happened due to poor quality of the recording andwill ensure a better quality version in future.

South African fans reacted strongly at the socialnetworking site Twitter on the incident.

"As if the World Cup has not been boring enough, now ournational anthem gets butchered. Another failure," wrote onefan on Twitter.

Another fan wrote, "...messed up our national anthemstopping in the middle ... so who''s to blame?"

"What a joke! All the more reason for South Africa toWASTE the West indies!

"Awesome to see crowds finishing our anthem after thesound system died," wrote another fan.

Besides the South African national anthem goof-up, thejournalists who have come to cover the match also faced atough time after the turnstiles erected at the media gates didnot function properly.

Those scribes who wanted to enter the stadium early weredenied access by the securitymen as the turnstiles could notread the accreditations and ICC Head of Media andCommunications Colin Gibson had to intervene to let them in.

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