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MCC not happy with ICC decision of changing Oval Test result

New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) MCC world cricket committee chairman Tony Lewis today said the ICC should never have changed the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan to a draw.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) called for the game's world governing body to reinstate the original result that Pakistan had forfeited the Test and said it had set a dangerous precedent by altering the result.

''The ICC's decision (altering the win to a draw) is wrong and sets a very dangerous precedent. Cricket is the worse for this decision,'' Lewis told mediapersons after its two-day meeting here.

The committee said the ICC's executive board's decision, which overrode the ICC cricket committee's unanimous recommendation that the forfeited result should stand, ran contrary to the laws of Cricket.

''The ICC has no power, under the Laws of Cricket, to decide that results should be altered, whether it feels them to be 'inappropriate' or otherwise,'' the Lord's-based committee said in a statement.

''The committee urges the ICC to revoke its decision ... and to confirm that the original result of the match still stands,'' it added.

After being docked five runs for alleged ball tampering by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove in the controversial Oval Test in 2006, the then Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq refused to take the field after tea on day four in protest which resulted in umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove declaring England as the winner.

But later, the ICC executive board altered the result to a draw in July this year.


Story first published: Sunday, October 26, 2008, 21:32 [IST]
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