England not crying ‘foul play’ in plan leak fiasco
THE English cricket team has ruled out foul play but is continuing to investigate how its bowling plan for the Boxing Day Test became public.
A statement from the Melbourne Cricket Club yesterday strongly suggested the reason for the embarrassing blunder was the carelessness of an England team official.
‘‘There is general acceptance the document was not taken from the dressing room — we still have concerns as to how it got into the hands of a member of the public,’’ England spokesman Andrew Walpole said.
‘‘There are still issues that need to be explained and resolved as far as we’re concerned.
‘‘We’re not accusing anyone or pointing the finger at anyone.’’
Cricket fan Nick Ruthry found the page, which outlined England’s bowling tactics for the match, and emailed it to ABCRadio on Wednesday.
The MCC yesterday joined Cricket Australia in confirming there was no breach of security in or around the players’ dressing rooms.
‘‘An England team official printed several copies of an internal document on day one of the Test match from an MCC administration office and, to the best of our knowledge, all printed copies were handed to that official,’’ the MCC said in a statement.
‘‘One of these copies was found by a patron in the Members’ Reserve and distributed to media outlets on day two.
‘‘The MCC believe that there was no breach of security involved in the printing of these documents.’’
Australian cricket officials were clearly relieved that the incident had not compromised the tight security surrounding the players for this series.
‘‘From Cricket Australia’s point of view, the MCC and local event security have accepted this piece of paper did not come from the player rooms — there is no breach of security in or around the player rooms,’’ said CA spokesman Philip Pope.
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