SPORT

Procter is not a pleased man

NAGPUR Nov. 9. Irked by the crowd trouble for the second time in succession, Match Referee Mike Procter made a request to the spectators not to lose their composure in the face of an Indian defeat.

"I'm not pleased with the audience," he declared at the end of the second one-day international between India and the West Indies here on Saturday. "We had problems with some stone-throwing,'' the Match Referee said.

Ramnaresh Sarwan was the target of the crowd's anger. "I can't understand it because it happened when India was doing well." When the crowd trouble stopped play for nine minutes, India was 90 for two in 16.1 overs.

The Match Referee disclosed that the West Indies skipper Carl Hooper would have come off the field in case the incident was repeated. "But fortunately, we didn't have any problems,'' Mr. Procter added.

"I think the security worked pretty well. It's difficult to stop a person from throwing something from the stands. I think the security in general since I've been in India has been very good,'' he noted.''

"I'll air my views to the International Cricket Council (ICC). But it's up to the Indian people to sort out the security problems,'' Proctor said.

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