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Friday, April 23, 1999 Published at 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK

Sport: Cricket

Subba Row to make official complaint

Australian batsman Steve Waugh feared for his life during the pitch invasion

Referee Raman Subba Row is to complain to the International Cricket Council and the West Indies Cricket Board over security at the Bourda Ground.

The former England Test player was reacting to the pitch invasion at the end of the fifth one-day international between West Indies and Australia.

The tourists needed four runs off the final ball to win, and although they failed to reach their target, match referee Subba Row declared the match a draw.

Waugh needed a police escort to leave the field and suffered whiplash injuries as he was jostled and pushed by a threatening crowd. He later claimed he feared a 'Monica Seles' style stabbing.

'High risk'

Subba Row said: "The police really were desperately disappointed which must, I think, prejudice the future of cricket being played here again.

"You can't have that sort of risk."

ICC chief executive David Richards said: "I suspect it was more exuberance than intimidation but it is still not acceptable in modern cricket.

"This is a serious matter, and I shall be speaking to our referee as a matter of urgency. I'm looking forward to reading his end-of-tour report, and we will take further action then.

"If Steve feared for his life that is very serious, because the safety of players and officials is of paramount importance to the ICC.

"I suspect the West Indies Cricket Board will need to hold their own internal inquiry.

"This is not the first time this has happened in Guyana and - although there is a period of six years between the incidents - crowd disturbance cannot be allowed to become part of international cricket."

England's Cricket World Cup chiefs are also concerned by the growing trend of crowd disturbances at international matches.

They have drafted in the FA's senior police adviser Tim Hollis to ensure next month's event stays trouble free.

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