Inzamam hearing likely on 27th or 28th: PCB

Published: Monday, September 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's disciplinary hearing is likely to be held on September 27 or 28, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source said today.

''The ICC (International Cricket Council) has indicated to us about the proposed dates for the hearing. They will make a formal announcement themselves,'' the source said.

Inzamam faces charges of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute after the public row with Australian umpire Darrell Hair in the wake of the Pakistan team being penalised for alleged ball-tampering during the fourth day of the final test against England at the Oval last month.

Pakistan refused to carry on playing after tea after Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove decided to change the ball and penalise them five runs.

The source also confirmed that Pakistan had officially asked the ICC to clear up the position on Inzamam's selection for the ICC Champions Trophy next month in India.

The Pakistani selectors are due to announce their Champions Trophy squad on Thursday as per ICC regulations but remain uncertain over Inzamam because of the hearing.

ICC laws do not allow teams to replace a player who has been banned.

''We are waiting for a guideline from ICC on Inzamam. But even if he is banned later on we do have the option of filing an appeal during which period he can continue to play,'' the source said.

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