Inzy didn't handle the situation well: Miandad

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad said Inzamam-ul-Haq made a mistake by not taking the field following the ball tampering row which wrecked the fourth Test against England.

''Inzamam had accepted Darrell Hair's decision by playing the game till the break. Either he should have taken the decision immediately or have played the match under protest,'' Miandad was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.

''Pakistan committed mistake after mistake and put themselves in a no-win situation. If I was in Inzamam's place I would have asked the boys to play on. I would have played under protest and kept the door open for the appeal.'' ''What Hair did would be decided by the ICC after hearing Hair, match referee and there will not be many votes in our favour. So we may emerge as losers,'' Miandad said.

Another former captain Wasim Akram also said Inzamam's decision not to return to the field after tea break was not the best way to go about things.

''Pakistan team should have protested in a different manner rather than not coming onto the ground after tea. Whatever happens, the game has to go on,'' Akram said.

The left-arm fast bowling great also demanded that Darrell Hair be removed from the elite panel of umpires by the ICC for his prejudices against the Asian teams and particularly against Pakistan in the Oval Test.

''He has a poor track record against the Asians and is known for creating unnecessary controversies,'' Akram said.

''They are not going to take any action against the umpires no matter they they do on the ground.''

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