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Inzamam against MCC demand to change Oval Test result

Lahore, Oct 31 (UNI) Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has lashed out at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) over its demand to again change the result of the 2006 Oval Test between Pakistan and England.

Inzamam was the captain of the Pakistan team, which became the first side in Test history to forfeit a match.

However, the ICC changed the result of the match from a forfeit to a draw under pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to Urdu daily Jung, the former skipper, now playing in ICL league in India, was upset that MCC is raking up the issue and turning it into a controversy.

''It seems that the MCC has nothing better to do,'' he was quoted as saying by the paper. ''Its recommendation to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change the result of the (Oval) Test is farcical,'' he added.

''I don't know why they are taking so much interest in it,'' he said. ''I mean the decision to change the result was taken with the consent of the ICC bosses and the case was closed.'' He asserted that even if the ICC decides to change the result of the Test, it won't affect him much. ''The only thing such a move will achieve is ridicule,'' he said.

Inzamam was in the eye of storm on the fourth day of that Test as he refused to take his team back on the field after tea to protest against a ball-tampering allegation against his side, and umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove were forced to award the match to England.

Later, an ICC probe later cleared Pakistan of ball-tampering charges and Darrell Hair was sacked from ICC's umpires panel.


Story first published: Friday, October 31, 2008, 14:40 [IST]
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