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    August 20, 2006

    Controversy brewing

    If it's England v Pakistan, can controversy be far behind? Even beginning from my memory of series between the two sides, there've been quite a few issues.

    Shakoor Rana v Mike Gatting, Ian Botham's mother-in-law comment, Chris Broad incensed at being given out, the Imran v Botham & Lamb libel case, Aaqib yanking his sweater from an umpire, the whole match-fixing issue where Alec Stewart played for England even as Saleem Malik & Ata-ur-Rehman were banned, ball-tampering & reverse swing by Wasim and Waqar, Mike Atherton calling a Pakistan journalist a buffoon in the 1996 World Cup and and Shahid Afridi's mid-pitch break-dancing last year. I'm fairly sure I've missed more than a few.

    In any case, today's incident during the on-going Oval test, saw the umpires (Hair & Doctrove) pull up Pakistan for changing the condition of the ball, as Geoff pointed out just before I began to write this post. The seam was apparently lifted. The ball has been changed.

    Mark Nicholas would've said "Ooooh! Massive, this!"

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    Thus spake Jagadish @ 7:31 PM |
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    2 sledge(s):

    Guess who: Darryl Hair. Why the ICC still allows this man to spoil the game is beyond me.

    Anton

    By Blogger Anton (20-Aug-2006, 10:40:00 PM)  

    anton: Yes, it was him. But what if he actually did see the ball being tampered? He's well within his rights (and the rules) to do what he (and Doctrove) did.

    By Blogger Jagadish (21-Aug-2006, 12:01:00 AM)  


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