ICC asks CA for report on Khalid assault

PERTH: The International Cricket Council(ICC) has asked Cricket Australia (CA) for a report into the breach of security that allowed a spectator to enter the field of play during the fifth and final One-day International between Australia and Pakistan at the WACA in Perth yesterday and tackle the Pakistan opener Khalid Latif to the ground.

The incident occurred in the 46th over of Australia''s innings. Latif was brought down from behind by 37-year-old David James Fraser but was uninjured. The spectator has been charged with assault and given a life ban from the ground. He was also fined A$500 (280).

"Obviously the ICC is very disappointed by the incident," an ICC spokesperson said. "There has been a clear security breach. We have asked CA to send us a detailed report on the incident before we can make any comment." Given the ICC''s zero tolerance for such breaches, the matter is being viewed with concern and it could be brought up at the ICC executive board meeting in Dubai from 9-11 February.

Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, said: "I just hope I never see that again to tell you the truth. I had seen that once a long time ago and that ended up being a horrible incident and seeing it again is a worry.

The PCB is thought to be considering pursuing the matter though it has yet to make an official statement. Officials are expected to make an announcement later today.