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PCB retains Inzamam as captain

Inzamam has been retained as captain by the Pak Board for the upcoming home series against the Windies that includes three Tests and five ODIs.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:22 IST

Inzamam-ul-Haq has been retained as captain by the Pakistan cricket Board for the upcoming home series against the West Indies that includes three Tests and five one-day internationals.

The PCB Ad-Hoc committee that met in Lahore on Wednesday announced that Inzamam had been retained as captain as his current tenure was until the Champions Trophy.

"Although he is not playing in the Champions Trophy but he will be the captain against the West Indies as the board has faith in his ability to lead the side," a board official said.

Inzamam was banned for four matches by the ICC last month at a disciplinary hearing after he was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute during the fourth Test against England at the Oval in August.

Inzamam was however cleared of the more serious ball-tampering charges that had led to the Test match being abandoned and awarded to England.

The Pakistan team refused to carry on play on the fourth day of the Test at tea after umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove penalised them five runs after changing the ball for alleged tampering with the ball.

The official said the Ad-Hoc committee had endorsed a move by the board to ask the ICC to investigate the conduct of Hair in the Oval Test.

"We are satisfied that the ball-tampering charges have been cleared but there is still an acute need for the world body to look into the conduct of Hair that led to the cancellation of the Test," the official said.

"It was because he (Hair) accused our players of ball tampering that the whole trouble started in the first place," he added.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 10:45 IST