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'ICC won't curb umpires' powers'

ICC CEO rejects suggestions that power of forfeiting a match be taken away from umpires, reports Sunit Kaul.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 11:44 IST
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Despite being under fire from the cricketing fraternity, ICC on Wednesday said it was 'very cautious' toward any changes in the laws of the game relating to ball tampering and match forfeiture.

Speaking to on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the nominations for this year's ICC Awards, ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed quashed suggestions that the power of forfeiting a match be taken away from the field umpires.

"The International Cricket Council is very cautious towards any rule change. We must bear in mind that on-field decisions have been made by umpires for the last 300 years... it has stood the test of time. We have processes in place at the ICC," said Speed.

He however admitted that certain gaps needed to be filled. "Indian cricket board has sent us their recommendations on ball-tampering rule. Our cricket committee chaired by Sunil Gavaskar will examine the proposal."

Speed said Inzamam's hearingwould be held in the last week of September and technology could be used to ensure a 'fair' trial.

"We want a fair hearing on both the charges. In absence of conclusive video evidence, forensic tests may be conducted on the ball to determine any change in its condition," said Speed.

Pak skipper was charged with ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute during the forfeited fourth and final Test against England at Oval last month.

First Published: Sep 06, 2006 19:05 IST