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'ODIs in jeopardy if Inzy found guilty'

Pakistan coach says that the team is behind the skipper and may not take part in the series.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 14:11 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Pakistan's troubled cricket tour of England may come to an abrupt end if captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq is found guilty of ball tampering in a hearing with the sport's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday, their coach Bob Woolmer said.

The former England batsman told Channel Four News that the players were completely behind Inzamam following the controversial decision by Australian umpire Darrell Hair to find him guilty of tampering with the ball on Sunday in the fourth Test.

Inzamam and the rest of the team refused to come out after the tea break and the match was eventually called off by Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove, though, Woolmer claims that the Australian had exacerbated the situation in a conversation he had with Inzamam.

"It is not an easy question to answer at the moment," Woolmer said in response to a question about the upcoming one day series going ahead.

"I would think that the one day tournament may be in jeopardy if he is found guilty and suspended for eight games.

"If the punishment was suspended then it might go ahead. After what has happened the players are right behind their captain."

Woolmer said that the players had been on the point of going back onto the pitch after staging a mini protest following tea.

"We didn't know the game was being called off," said Woolmer, who has been in charge for two years.

First Published: Aug 22, 2006 10:40 IST