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Inzy had incensed Hair with gesture: Report

Inzamam made a waving gesture in the meeting convened to explore ways to rescue the Test to which Hair took great exception and walked out.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:30 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq had made a gesture to upset umpire Darrell Hair which resulted in his walking out of a meeting to explore ways to rescue the fourth Test against England on the fourth day at the Oval.

The meeting had been convened by the match referee Mike Procter to rescue the match and reduce the damaging impact of one of the biggest controversies in the history of Test cricket.

"Hair was incensed by a gesture made towards him by the Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. It is believed that attempts were made to persuade Hair to stay, but he departed with the words: "I am leaving and he knows why," indicating Inzamam," according to a report in the English daily 'The Independent'.

The meeting took place despite the fact that the umpires had awarded the match to England after Pakistan had failed to meet their deadline to return to the field protesting charges of ball tampering for which Hair and Doctrove deducted five penalty runs from their score.

But play could have been resumed the following day if a solution was found acceptable to both sides.

The report said that when various possible solutions were explored, Inzamam said he had not been given a chance to speak to the umpires and Hair had labelled his side as cheats.

"Inzamam then made a waving gesture to which Hair took great exception and walked out. One explanation is that the Australian umpire felt the gesture was insulting to anyone who knew anything about Pakistani culture.

"The meeting had been going on for about 15 minutes at that point and it became clear to everyone left that there was no point in continuing in Hair's absence."

First Published: Sep 30, 2006 12:51 IST