The ICC has today published its report into incidents which took place at a Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 game on 26 February 2010 between Nepal and USA in Kathmandu with no evidence being found to support complaints filed by the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA).

During the USA's run-chase of Nepal's total of 162-9 the large crowd at Tribhuvan University ground in Kathmandu began to throw bottles and stones onto the pitch. When the players were taken off the field for their own safety the USA was 150-5 off 32 overs.

When the players returned 48 minutes later, as per the playing regulations the USA's target was recalculated (according to the Duckworth-Lewis Method) to 157 off 46 overs. The USA went on to win the match and finished, with Nepal and Singapore, on eight points. The final order was determined by net run-rate (NRR) with USA finishing top of the table and Nepal second, just 0.004 above Singapore. USA and Nepal were duly promoted to Pepsi World League Division 4.

SCA immediately filed a protest against the outcome and ICC established an internal enquiry conducted by David Richardson (ICC General Manager - Cricket), David Becker (ICC Head of Legal) and Ravi Sawani (General Manager - Anti Corruption and Security Unit).

The inquiry found no evidence to support the claims of SCA but made recommendations that the proposed Mandatory Safety Standards being introduced by the ICC Security Task Force considers including sanctions against the Home Board when the home crowd interrupts a match or a home crowd interrupts a match such that the home team benefits.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “I am grateful to the inquiry panel for the thorough investigation conducted and it is reassuring to note that the correct processes and playing rules were applied by the event technical committee and match officials.

“It is a most unfortunate outcome for Singapore and there was a suggestion that they should be promoted alongside the USA and Nepal,” said Mr Lorgat.

“While everyone agrees that this was a regrettable incident and one which we do not want to see repeated, there is no justifiable basis to promote Singapore and such temptation would create a dangerous precedent to the integrity of competition and the playing regulations.”

Under the terms of its remit, the investigation covered all aspects of the match including the calculations of net run-rate, how the match officials reacted and the nature of the security-related issues which arose during the match.

The full findings of the enquiry are available on http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/newsdetails.php?newsId=10194_1273407480.

Following the security breach at the ground, appropriate sanction has already been agreed by the Cricket Association of Nepal which includes no further international cricket taking place at this venue until certain remedial measures are carried out. These measures include reconstruction of the boundary wall from which emanated the stones thrown by members of the crowd.