When in trouble, stage a "protest"
The ICC's decision to let Inzamam get away
nearly scot-free (4 one-dayers for making a mockery of the game!) after the events
of a few Sundays ago
at The Oval
where Pakistan, after being charged with altering the condition of the ball, staged a "protest" and eventually forfeited the test
, will undoubtedly embolden other cricketers to follow suit.
If a side, say India, wants to ensure that an umpire, say Steve Bucknor
, who has been quite hopeless several times
against India, never does duty in a game featuring that team, then all they need to do is to alter the condition of the ball, be accused of ball-tampering, stage a farcical protest and forfeit the game. Then the ICC steps in and plays good-cop bad-cop a few times and rules that although the team didn't tamper with the ball, they were wrong in protesting and that due to 'security reasons', the umpire won't bother turning up for games involving the said team!
So, if Australia wanted to ensure that Billy Bowden doesn't umpire games involving Australia, given that he isn't rated too highly by Aussie players, what Aussies in their right mind would do is to warn Bowden not to set foot in Australia, or else ... Promptly there'd be a security concern about it and Bowden wouldn't umpire.
Ranjan Madugalle, who couldn't make it for the earlier scheduled date of the hearing
, after hearing arguments from all sides, decided that Pakistan (and thus Inzamam) was not guilty of altering the condition of the ball. But he was guilty, as captain, of bringing the game into disrepute. Hence the ban for 4 one-dayers, even if the maximum permissible was 4 tests or 8 one-dayers. Inzamam will miss Pakistan's next 4 one-dayers, some of which will be played during the ICC Champions Trophy. Apparently, the PCB has convinced the ICC to bend some more rules to let them name a replacement
at short notice.
Darrell Hair, who was left hung out to dry when the ICC's sudden fixation with transparency came to the fore
, will not umpire in the ICC Champions Trophy
Labels: ball tampering, forfeit, hair, oval 2006