Former PCB chief says ICC risks ridicule

Updated: 30 October 2008 15:55 IST

Former PCB chairman has cautioned the game's governing body against once more changing the official result of the controversial Oval Test in 2006.

Former PCB chief says ICC risks ridicule

Islamabad:

The Pakistan Cricket Board's former chairman has cautioned the game's governing body against once more changing the official result of the controversial England-Pakistan Test at The Oval in 2006.

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) will only make fun of itself and it will leave them in a very awkward position," Shaharyar Khan told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Khan as then chairman of the PCB was at The Oval for the game when Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq refused to lead his team back on the field after the umpires imposed a five-run penalty for alleged ball tampering.

The umpires -- Australian Darrel Hair and West Indian Billy Doctrove -- subsequently declared a forfeit when Pakistan did not return to the field on time, and awarded the win to England.

In July this year, the ICC officially changed the result to a draw, meaning England was recorded as winning the four-match series 2-0 instead of 3-0.

"The umpires made a wrong decision at that time and even the referee (Mike Procter) was interested in resuming the play on the fifth day," Khan said.

But now the result is under review again after the Marylebone Cricket Club -- the London-based custodian of cricket's laws -- met in India last week and recommended the ICC overturn its July ruling and restore the original result of an England win.

ICC president David Morgan yesterday backed the MCC's call, saying he was against the July decision and that the result should be revisited.

Khan said the draw should stand, as the July decision was taken by the top directors of the ICC.

"It's not a matter that whether the changed decision was right or wrong, the point is that it was a unanimous decision," Khan said.

"Maybe Morgan was not happy when the decision was changed from a forfeit to draw in the ICC board's meeting, but then it was a unanimous decision, it should stay.

"It is simply like when an umpire gives a batsman out leg before wicket even though the television replays show that the ball had pitched way outside the leg stump, still the batsman has to leave the crease."

Khan said the ICC should have a body which addresses such issues.

"It's better that the ICC should now form a high-profile committee that includes former Test players like Clive Lloyd and even invite representatives of MCC to address such issues once and for all," Khan advised.

"I had advised the ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed at that time (to form a committee), but it could not materialize."

The PCB is waiting to hear from the sport's governing body before commenting on The Oval fiasco.

"They (International Cricket Council) have not yet sought our opinion, when they will ask us we will see," PCB director general Salim Altaf said on Thursday.



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