ICC chief wants to revisit forfeit result

Updated: 01 November 2008 09:24 IST

David Morgan said the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test could be reconsidered after pressure from Marylebone Cricket Club.


International Cricket Council president David Morgan has backed calls to overturn a decision which revoked the first ever Test match forfeit, saying the controversial result of the 2006 England-Pakistan game should be revisited.

In July, the ICC changed the result of the disputed Test at The Oval in August 2006 from a forfeit - and, therefore, and England win - to a draw.

The Marylebone Cricket Club, the London-based custodians of cricket's laws, met in India last week and recommended that the ICC overturn that ruling.

Morgan, who was in Sydney on Wednesday for the launch of the 2009 women's World Cup, agreed.

"It was a decision that was made by the ICC and it's a decision that I was not happy with," Morgan told reporters in Sydney. "I was president elect and I didn't believe it was appropriate to change the result of the England-Pakistan match."

Morgan said the ICC can reassess the decision, and he'd like to carefully read the minutes of the MCC world cricket committee meeting that considered the ICC executive board decision flawed.

The MCC's 18-man committee - an independent group of mostly former players charged with improving the game and its governance - said "the ICC had no power under the laws of cricket to decide that results should be altered, whether it feels it 'inappropriate' or otherwise."

"The ICC's decision is wrong and sets a very dangerous precedent. Cricket is the worse for this decision," committee chairman Tony Lewis said.

The controversy began on the fourth day of the fourth Test in the 2006 series when Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq refused to lead his team back on the field after the umpires enforced a five-run penalty for alleged ball tampering.

Umpires subsequently awarded a forfeit when Pakistan did not return to the field on time, with the win awarded to England.

Umpire Darrell Hair was taken off the panel of international umpires, but was reinstated after an employment tribunal hearing last October.

Inzamam, who is now playing in the unofficial Indian Cricket League, was suspended for four games for bringing the game into disrepute. The team was cleared of the ball-tampering allegations.

The ICC ruling in July, changing the result to a draw, meant England was recorded as winning the four-match series 2-0 instead of 3-0.

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