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No security breach during Guwahati ODI: BCCI

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New Delhi, Apr 27 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today denied that the violence during the abandoned India-England ODI in Guwahati was a ''security breach'' saying that it was anobvious reaction from a frustrated crowd.

Dubbing the incident as ''a serious security breach'', ICC had taken a major exception to the violent outburst of anger by the crowd, and Chief Executive Malcom Speed recently shot off a letter to the BCCI seeking an explanation on the issue.

''What kind of security breach? How can it be a security breach,'' asked Board secretary Niranjan Shah and added, ''The violence was not targetted to the players. None of were injured, the match officials were all unscathed.'' ''Guwahati was hosting an international match after a long time.

So many people came to see the match. No play after repeated inspection led to the unrest,'' Mr Shah told UNI here.

''It had happened earlier as well. It happens in football matches all the time,'' he pointed out.

On Mr Speed's letter, Mr Shah said the board had forwarded it to the Assam Cricket Association and was waiting for a feedback.

UNI DH AY VC1738

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