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    August 21, 2006

    Pakistan forfeit test

    If you've already read this post earlier, scroll down to the list of columns/articles on the issue. That part keeps getting updated.

    Like Matt said, the fourth test at The Oval was awarded to England after the umpires, Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove, reasoned that by not taking the field post-tea, Pakistan had conceded the game.

    A joint statement by the ICC, ECB and PCB revealed that the umpires didn't come out when Pakistan did because in their opinion, the game was over. So why didn't they pull out the stumps when they left the field? Like I pointed out yesterday, flicking off the bails doesn't mean game up.

    What happens now if video evidence emerges indicating that some Pakistani player(s) did alter the condition of the ball before the umpires asked to inspect it? How about if the 26 cameras around the ground didn't capture a thing? Who has the burden of proof?

    What the cricketing world is saying.Vote in the poll about who is to blame for the fiasco.

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    Two headlines on Cricinfo today, from unrelated stories:
    Controversy surrounds Test forfeiture
    'Spirit of cricket is to play under worst circumstances'

    South Africa are roundly criticised for going home because they did not feel safe. Pakistan seem to have mostly escaped criticism for refusing to play because they felt insulted.

    By Anonymous Geoff (21-Aug-2006, 4:37:00 PM)  

    geoff: Yes, I noticed the irony too. What I do find surprising, analyzing the reactions which I've collected in this post so far, is that just about everyone is blaming Darrell Hair for it. Yesterday, the Sky commentators were saying something to the effect of "Hair should have taken the relations with Pakistan's players into context and that he ought not to go exactly by the rule book". That's plain nonsense. The rule book exists for a reason. You transgress it, you get hauled up. In Hair's opinion, Pakistan did tamper with the ball. So he did the needful. I'll be very interested to see how the PCB reacts if some evidence emerges about the tampering.

    I fully predict this to blow up into an us v them issue, Asian cricket boards v the rest. Sri Lanka are fuming after South Africa took the flight home.

    What I don't understand is why no-one wants to challenge the ICC in a court of law over this issue, or indeed other issues in the past. If you have a problem and feel that the system of the organization you're in will not give you justice, you ought to go to the courts!

    By Blogger Jagadish (21-Aug-2006, 6:09:00 PM)  

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