Mr. Darrell wasn't wrong at all
I absolutely don't get the point of why so many people blame Hair
for yesterday's happenings at The Oval
I agree that the ICC should have done something to inform the spectators. But, it was completely Pakistan's/Inzamam's/PCB's mistake of staging the protest by sitting in. There should be a counter where you can register your protests and complaints. The way Pakistan did it was awfully stupid. I am surprised that it happened even with so many PCB supremos in the corridor. Even if the players get agitated at times, isn't the board answerable to the ICC? Even Shahryar Khan was blaming the umpire instead of asking his team to get out and play and he seemed to suggest that his team was out there waiting and the umpire didn't turn up. Probably, he was blind on the previous instance when his team was having a meeting instead of setting up field positions out there at the centre.
Every team and every individual has their (un)fair share of decisions going against them. Yes, this was not just a decision going against Pakistan. But, given their history of cheating and not abiding to bowling
degrees and rules, they have no right to feel hurt. They can't be hurt today as they didn't seem to be too hurt when one of their notorious team members deliberately damaged the pitch
in the previous series against the same opposition and it was not even in a bowling action follow-through. Being religious is not
an excuse for cheating - one may be very religious and pray five times a day and still cheat. We cannot be playing the game with saints and priests, Mr. Geoffrey
. I thought even your mum could figure this out.
I am shocked to read Inzamam saying that it was a matter of honour
. This is the same captain who didn't even know the rules well when he played a defensive shot to a throw from a fielder
at the stumps and later claimed that he was given out when he avoided a throw previously.
I hope the ICC does something to ensure that teams just don't take this as a precedent and remain in the dressing room whenever something goes against them. Though I am not very happy about England winning the Test, by whatever means, I feel Pakistan deserved to lose this Test and even face some more punishment
for the forfeiture. Teams and individuals have been fined and some players have missed matches due to over-appealing, in spite of being right. Captains have faced suspensions for not bowling overs in time. Batsmen have been fined for showing the bat after an inside-edged lbw decision. Hence, this definitely warrants harsher punishments. And any of you know of any rule that says the umpire should provide video evidence of ball-tampering?
As for what apparently happened, it'll be very interesting to read the autobiographies of some of these players some years later, assuming they do touch upon yesterday's events. After all, Imran Khan said nothing about reverse swing and ball tampering techniques until he'd retired. We'd have a lovely Prisoner's dilemma
like situation. If player A's autobiography says that player P was to blame, then player B's autobiography should also mention P's name. Otherwise we'll have to assume that the whole team was involved!
And by the way, if Hair is biased against Pakistan, what about Bucknor's rulings against India?NB
: I'm a qualified state-level umpire and I've umpired district-level games. I'm absolutely certain that Hair was not at fault. He went by the rule book twice - when hauling up Pakistan for altering the condition of the ball
and by announcing that by not turning up post-tea, Pakistan had conceded the game
Labels: ball tampering, forfeit, hair, oval 2006