Kotla pitch fiasco a great embarrassment: Sports Minister

Updated: 28 December 2009 07:49 IST

Sports Minister MS Gill termed the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch fiasco as a "great embarrassment" and said the Cricket Board and the DDCA owe an explanation

New Delhi:

Sports Minister MS Gill on Monday termed the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch fiasco as a "great embarrassment" and said the Cricket Board and the DDCA owe an explanation to the country for the abandonment of the fifth and final India-Sri Lanka ODI due to a dangerous track.

"It is very unfortunate and a great embarrassment for the country. It should not have happened. I watched the match a bit on TV and it was terrible to see such an incident taking place," Gill said.

"What I can say, all those who are in-charge of cricket nationally and state-wise can only answer on the issue," he added.

To the embarrassment of Delhi and District Cricket Association and the entire nation, the game at the Feroze Shah Kotla was called off when the Sri Lankan innings was into its 24th over after Thilina Kandamby complained to the on-field umpires about the dangerous bounce.

The incident also triggered off crowd trouble as incensed spectators hurled water bottles and ripped the stadium's chairs.

The episode has put a question mark over Kotla's prospect as a 2011 World Cup venue as the Delhi ground faces the risk of being banned by the International Cricket Council for a minimum of 12 months.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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