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Dragons and Outlaws on red alert

Glamorgan could gain a shock place in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals after tonight's last eight encounter between Yorkshire and Durham was postponed following an allegation Yorkshire fielded an ineligible player earlier in the competition.

The revelation surrounding the eligibilty of Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq has led to the England and Wales Cricket Board launching an investigation and asking for the match to be called off.

Rafiq, 17, played in Yorkshire's final group match against Notts, which an ECB panel could order to be replayed.

An ECB spokesman said: "ECB made it clear to both counties that in view of the alleged ineligibility of Azeem Rafiq, it was possible the panel could order the replay of any match or matches which could affect any quarter-final.

"The ECB are convening a meeting of the panel as a matter of urgency so that any relevant matches will be played before Twenty20 finals day at Southampton on July 26."

If the ECB decide to strip Yorkshire of the points from last month's North Division encounter but not awards them to Notts, then Glamorgan would be the team with the eigth highest number of points and could go through to the quarter final.

Other options include Durham being given a bye to the semi-final, or the Notts v Yorkshire game replayed, with the winner going through to face Durham.

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell said: "It's a complete mess although we have sympathy with Yorkshire as they would not have done this intentionally.

"It could affect us and we would love to play in a quarter final but we must wait and see what happens."

source - walesonline.co.uk
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