Monday 17 March 2014 

Gruijters/Cooper Case Closed - ICC

Tom Cooper plays a reverse sweep
Tom Cooper was called up to replace Tim Gruijters legitimately, according to the ICC
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The ICC says it will be taking no further action following allegations made by Tim Gruijters that the Netherlands broke ICC World Twenty20 tournament rules regarding injury replacements.

In a video posted to YouTube, Gruijters claimed he was bullied into undergoing a scan on his back to prove that he was unfit to play in the tournament.

The Netherlands management team then handed the scan to the ICC and replaced him with Tom Cooper in their 15-man squad.

The Dutch board (KNCB) has subsequently issued a statement saying that they will be launching an internal investigation.

The ICC confirmed in a statement that they had asked the KNCB to respond to the allegations.

Geoff Allardice, chairman of the ICC Event Technical Committee, which deals with all applications to replace players, said the ICC are happy that the Netherlands acted within the rules.

"There is a procedure in place for teams to replace injured players with substitutes who are eligible and available," he said.

"The KNCB followed that procedure by obtaining independent medical advice confirming an injury to Tim Gruitjers before requesting a replacement player.

"We are satisfied that the KNCB acted within the ICC’s tournament rules during this process."

The video that Gruijters posted has now been hidden from public view and the ICC statement added that they now consider the matter closed.

On the field, the Netherlands opened their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a seven-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates.

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