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Ball has no evidence of tampering: Waqar

"There were 30-odd cameras... I saw the ball and there was nothing wrong," says Pak coach.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2006 15:47 IST

Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis has asserted that the ball that was the source of the Oval Test controversy bore no evidence of tampering.

"I went straight into the referee's room and asked to see the ball. There was nothing wrong ... I promise you, there was nothing wrong with it," Younis was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

"There were 30-odd cameras at the ground that didn't see anything. So you would think that there had to be something wrong with the ball for Darell (Hair) to do what he did.

"But I promise. I saw the ball and there was nothing wrong with it."

Pakistan forfeited the Oval Test against England last month after Australian umpire Hair penalised them five runs for ball tampering on the fourth day of the match.

Captain Inzamam-ul Haq was subsequently charged with ball tampering and bringing the game to disrepute and faced a ban of upto four Tests or eight one-dayers.

His hearing is set for September 27-28 in London.

Younis denied he was instrumental in Pakistan's refusal to take the field after tea, leading to the forfeiture.

"I don't think anyone really expected it to aggravate so much," he said.

"When we came back at the tea break, Inzy and the whole team were asking, 'why did Hair do it?'

"There was no evidence, so the team and the management decided not to carry on for the time being.

Younis, a former captain and an express fast bowler who took 373 wickets in Tests and 416 in ODIs, himself was banned for one match for ball tampering during a one-dayer against South Africa in 2000.

The 34-year-old maintained he was innocent. "It was part of the game in the 50s, 60s and 70s. It has always been there," he said.

"No one was penalised back then. I was fined, and it wasn't the best feeling. I didn't do it, but they penalised me straight away."