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    August 23, 2006

    More fun from Woolmer & Madugalle

    They [bowlers] could rub the ball on the ground, pick the seam, scratch it with their nails - anything that allows the ball to move off the seam to make it less of a batsman's game.
    That was Bob Woolmer's latest comment on the ongoing issue of ball-tampering. Is he talking international cricket or some cricket on the streets? I completely agree that the laws should be revised to make it less of a batsman's game, but not ridiculous rules like the 15 degrees one. But, knowing the ICC, we may soon hear that ball-tampering is legal but the extent of damage to the ball/seam should not exceed 20%

    Let's wait for Madugalle to get well soon and hope optimistically that there would be a good decision coming out after the hearing. By the way, does any of you agree with me that Madugalle might not be really ill, given that both Pakistan and Sri Lanka cricket boards officially hate Darrell Hair?

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    Madugalle is not ill, someone in his family is. Anyway, this may be a ploy as you say, but not for the reason you think. Becuase he would still preside the proceedings..whenever he is available. So the reason can't be the SL-against-Hair connection. It can, though, be a convenient way for ICC to buy more time, and help out ECB in going ahead with the ODI series, hence saving it from a potentially huge revenue loss.

    Also, I read today, that Pakistan camp had asked the ICC for more time to prepare for the hearing, since Pak has hired some topshot London lawyers to defend Inzy. Incidently, they also requested the ICC to allow the lawyers to accompany Inzy to the proceedings, as its against current ICC practise.

    By Blogger worma (23-Aug-2006, 5:16:00 PM)  

    Surely if Pakistan fail to play the ODI series they will be in violation of the FTP? England were threatened with massive penalties if they didn't play their ODI series in Zimbabwe a couple of years ago.

    By Anonymous Geoff (23-Aug-2006, 6:15:00 PM)  

    "because of a family illness suffered by the ICC's chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle" almost makes it appear as though Madugalle is bunking his ICC investigation meeting since he was suffering the illness on behalf of his family ;)

    Yes geoff, they will be in violation of the FTP. Then again, so'd South Africa I suppose. Boards normally work it out by scheduling it for a later time. For e.g. I'm sure SL-Ind-SA will schedule the series for the next monsoon :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (23-Aug-2006, 6:37:00 PM)  

    Geoff: ofcourse they would be in violation...thats why we're discussing which 'camp' would BCCI decide to bless ;-) Basically, it would be a power game...if Pakistan manages enough supporting muscles, ICC would back down and 'accomodate' the boycott...thrash out a rescheduled event or some such.

    On the other hand, if its PCB alone (or with backing of Bangaldesh board, as they have openly supported PCB already) then ICC would dictate terms.

    By Blogger worma (23-Aug-2006, 6:47:00 PM)  

    if you knew better, you'd be more careful of accusing someone of "bunking". Call me if you want details. 98200 23426.

    anand vasu

    By Anonymous Anonymous (27-Sep-2006, 4:51:00 AM)  

    Thanks Anand. We write based on the information that we have at a given point in time, minus the ability to network with folks who run cricket. We also pointed out a day or so later that the ICC is really starved for referees to chair the hearing if Madugalle can't make it or if Pakistan wanted the hearing to be done asap. Like you have pointed out, Madugalle hasn't exactly covered himself with glory when he's handled ICC issues related to some groups of players. So he's far from being the best man to do the job.

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