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Pak may pull out of ODI series: Inzamam

London, August 22
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has warned that his team could pull out of the one-day series against England if he is not cleared of ball tampering allegations. “It would be difficult for the players to play on if we are labelled cheats,” Inzamam was quoted as saying in today’s Daily Express newspaper.

Inzamam could be banned for eight one-day internationals or four Tests if he is found guilty of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute at an International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing on Friday.

Inzamam was charged with both offences by the ICC yesterday after his team forfeited the fourth and final Test against England at The Oval on Sunday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) immediately lodged an appeal but said it would go ahead with the five one-day internationals against England and a Twenty/20 match starting next week even if Inzamam was suspended.

The skipper, however, said there were still no guarantees the series would go ahead.

“It doesn’t matter whether I’m playing or not,” he said. “What matters is whether we are cheating or not. “We will wait for the decision and then make up our minds.

“It doesn’t just involve me and the team, it involves the whole country. That is the main issue.”

Umpires Darrell Hair of Australia and Billy Doctrove from West Indies decided on Sunday that Pakistan had forfeited the match when they failed to take the field after the tea interval.

Pakistan were incensed that the umpires had decided they had been guilty of ball tampering, docking the team five runs, and staged a protest by staying in the dressing room for several minutes.

“This charge is very bad for us but we are on the right side because none of the boys have done anything wrong so I’m very confident we will win the case,” Inzamam said.

Meanwhile, Inzamam wants the ICC to treat the fourth and final Test against England, as null and void.

Inzamam said Pakistan was in an invincible position before the match was abandoned and the team management will seek to discuss the issue with the ICC and change the result of the tie.

“Pakistan was in a winning position but England was declared winner. So our disappointment is very natural,” Inzamam wrote in his column in Daily Jang, a leading Urdu language newspaper.

“Now our effort is to change the result of the match. Pakistan will request the ICC that instead of awarding it to England it should be declared a no-result match,” he said.

Pak will boycott Hair: PCB

London: A bitter Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Pakistan will never play in any future Test match with Darrell Hair as umpire even as the media, former cricketers and students continued to lambast the Aussie umpire for raking up the ball-tampering row.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters at the Marriott Hotel in North West London that he had requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) that Hair never officiates in a Test involving Pakistan in future.

“Darrell Hair has trained his guns on the team. It is a slur on the players and a slur to Pakistan itself. The team has had problems with him before and have lost confidence in him as an umpire. They are deeply offended by his attitude. and at the manner in which the ball-tampering issue arose,” Khan said.

“It is not that Darrell Hair is a bad umpire, Darrell Hair is a good umpire. Our team has a problem with his attitude on the field. That attitude has upset our team more than once.

If the ICC is sensitive to countries and to boards, it will take due cognisance. We have not raised this issue about any other umpire. Billy Doctrove, we welcome.” Shahrayar reiterated that Hair was the single bone of contention for the Pakistanis and the spirit between Pakistan and England teams had not been remotely affected by the issue.

Meanwhile, dozens of Pakistani students burned Hair’s pictures in Islamabad and over a hundred Pakistani cricket fans assembled at the Southall locality in London to protest against Hair’s accusation of ball tampering against Inzamam's men, The News reported.

New twist to ball-tampering row

London: In a new twist to the ball-tampering row, England were dragged into the centre of the controversy with a local newspaper claiming that umpire Darrell Hair’s action was triggered by coach Duncan Fletcher’s visit to match referee before the start of fourth day’s play.

Daily Telegraph today claimed that Fletcher had played the role of agent provocateur by his visit to match referee Mike Proctor.

An ECB spokesman confirmed that Fletcher met with Procter on fourth day morning but denied he had made a “specific complaint about the state of the ball”.

The newspaper said sources close to the England team have stated that Fletcher played a part in drawing the officials’ attention to certain issues.

The report goes on to state that England’s players were concerned on Saturday (the third day) and that Marcus Trescothick was “spotted watching Pakistan’s players through binoculars, presumably to ascertain what actions they were performing on the ball”.

It added that Fletcher had also made enquiries as to why Sky TV cameras were not following the ball more closely as it was passed around the Pakistan fielders during the Headingley Test.— Agencies




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