CA mulling lifting Mexican wave ban at MCG

December 28th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) is now trying to remove the ban at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on the Mexican wave, which was outlawed almost six years ago.The wave returned to the MCG in all its glory, with unruly cricket-spectators ignoring the ban during the first two days of the Test. It came after local boy and fast bowler Peter Siddle took three wickets Saturday in his first Boxing Day Test.

The Herald Sun reported that an increased police and security staff presence in and around the “Bay 13″ section of the Great Southern Stand Saturday, prevented a repeat of Friday’s raucous scenes when 20 people were evicted for throwing missiles. Only two fans were evicted for throwing missiles Saturday.

And CA said that if missile throwing ceased altogether, it would consider approving the Mexican wave for future summers.

“We are keen to restore the Mexican wave one day. The problem is just those six bays and the throwing is the problem. It’s dangerous and we have had people injured here in the MCG during Mexican waves in the past,” CA spokesman Peter Young was quoted as saying by the daily.

“Until we get rid of the throwing, we can’t consider saving the wave. That’s the one last frontier in our campaign to improve crowd behaviour,” he added.

A visiting Tasmanian cricket team will be issued a “please explain” by CA after it was thrown out of the ground on Boxing Day. The 11-man squad was ejected for smuggling alcohol into the ground.

“We will be writing to tell them it’s not appropriate for cricketers to be ruining the day for others when they come to the ground,” Young said.

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