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ICC verdict on Inzamam today

The Pak skipper faces ball-tampering charges after last month's forfeited Test match against England.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 12:04 IST

The verdict on Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's alleged indiscretions on the field will be pronounced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday after a two-day hearing that began on Wednesday.

ICC sources said that all the evidence had been heard and closing submissions will be made when the case resumes at 10 am on Thursday. The verdict will be announced by Chief ICC referee Ranjan Madugalle, who is chairing the two-day hearing.

Inzamam faces ball-tampering and disrepute charges after last month's forfeited Test against England. He had refused to lead his side out on to the field after being penalised for ball tampering on day four of the fourth Test, also at The Oval.

The sources added that if he were found guilty of ball tampering, Inzamam would face a fine of between 50 and 100 percent of his match fee. He could also be banned for one Test or two one-day internationals.

On Wednesday, the hearing at The Oval heard evidence from 11 different witnesses including both on-field umpires, including Darrell Hair.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan, Inzamam, Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and three expert witnesses called by the defence - Geoffrey Boycott, Simon Hughes and John Hampshire - all gave evidence in the afternoon before the hearing ended around 5.00 pm on Wednesday.

The Pakistani side is fielding three expert witnesses - Geoffrey Boycott, Simon Hughes and John Hamshire, a former Test cricketer turned umpire. All three have examined various photographs of the ball and their statements could have a bearing on the verdict.

The Pakistan side at the hearing includes Coach Bob Woolmer and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan, besides a team of legal experts.

First Published: Sep 28, 2006 10:36 IST