ICC launch investigation into Fiji incident
The ICC have launched an investigation into an incident involving Fiji players during the ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in Tanzania.
The Fiji Times reports that during the farewell function a Fijian player was found in a pool of blood. They also report that the function was called off due to the Fiji players being drunk, though it is understood that the function did indeed go ahead.
In a separate incident another Fijian player is alleged to have assaulted a hotel security guard.
The ICC are investigating the incident, with EAP development officer Matt Weisheit saying, "We are aware of an alleged incident that took place at the recent ICC World Cricket League Division 4 tournament in Tanzania. However until the full details are ascertained it would not be appropriate to comment further."
Fiji Cricket Association general manager Martin Shaw is waiting for a full report before taking any disciplinary action, saying, "We are aware that an incident took place at the farewell function and have received a verbal report from the ICC. Once we have had an opportunity to read the reports from the ICC then the board will decide whether the actions of any players have brought Cricket Fiji into disrepute. If this has occurred then I am confident that the board will take appropriate disciplinary action against any player involved."
This is not the first time accusations of indiscipline have been levelled against Fiji. During their 2007 silver medal winning performance at the South Pacific Games the players were reportedly involved in a brawl with locals and at the EAP Under-19 Qualifier last year some players were alleged to have damaged and stolen hotel property, but the allegations were never substantiated.