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PCB happy with ICC hearing on Oval fiasco

PCB has decided not to contest the the four-ODI ban on skipper Inzamam.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Satisfied with the ICC hearing on ball tampering, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided not to contest the the four-ODI ban on skipper Inzamam-ul Haq for bringing the game into disrepute during the Oval Test.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan said Inzamam was given a fair hearing and they were happy with the way the process.

"We have three reactions to the verdict. Firstly, the hearing was very fair and very just. Secondly, we have decided not to appeal after consulting the captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq. Thirdly, the issue was dealt with on merit. There were no political manoeuvring in the background," he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Inzamam was cleared off the charge of ball tampering but was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute as he led a team protest which resulted in Pakistan's forfeiture of the fourth Test against England at the Oval.

Pakistan's action came after Australian umpire Darrell Hair penalised the team five runs for ball tampering on the fourth day of the match.

Welcoming ICC's decision to remove Darrell Hair from the list of umpires at the Champions Trophy, Khan demanded that the Australian be omitted from games involving Pakistan.

"I wouldn't say that I am happy to see him (do so), but I would say that I have no objection to him umpiring matches in which the ICC feels that he is secure," Khan said.

First Published: Oct 03, 2006 11:40 IST