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Inzamam hearing pushed back again

ICC chief Speed said that earlier reports had falsely suggested a hearing was set for Sept 15.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 21:53 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's hearing on charges of ball-tampering and bringing cricket into disrepute must wait until the end of next month.

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed said on Saturday that earlier reports had falsely suggested a hearing was set for September 15.

Inzamam's case was initially to be heard Friday.

But after consultation with the legal team assembled by Pakistan for the inquiry into Inzamam's behaviour in the abandoned fourth Test at The Oval last weekend, both parties have agreed to a further delay.

It was put back when it transpired chief referee Ranjan Madugalle was unavailable to chair the hearing because of a family problem, and Speed explained why Inzamam must now wait even longer than had been anticipated.

"When we met with the lawyers for the (Pakistan Cricket Board) PCB yesterday - which was a very amicable meeting - we suggested that the hearing happen on the 14th and 15th, bearing in mind that the one-day series finishes the previous Sunday," Speed said.

"That date did not suit them for one reason or another and they asked for it to be put back. We are looking now for a date that suits the key participants so at this stage we are looking at the last week in September."