Speed announces date of disciplinary hearing

Published: Thursday, September 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive officer Malcolm Speed today confirmed that the ball tampering issue involving Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and umpire Darrell Hair would be heard on September 27-28.

Speaking at a function here, Mr Speed said Sri Lankan match referee Ranjan Madugalle would hear the case on September 27-28.

Mr Speed also said that their main objective was to make the hearing as free as it could be and in conformity with natural justice.

The ICC CEO added that they did not think this controversy to be near as serious as some other issues and rather termed it as a simple case of an onfield issue which ideally should have been taken care of by the match referee himself.

When asked whether there was any substance in the charge when television cameras could not find any evidence, Speed said that there were other forms of evidences, like the shape of the ball and other such things. He, however, added that he would not like to comment on this issue further, as he has told the same to the Pakistani captain as well as the umpire involved in the controversy.

The Pakistani team had forefeited the fourth and final Test at the Oval on the penultimate day after England were given five bonus runs by umpire Hair as he thought the ball was tampered with. The ball was consequently changed by the umpires.

However, Inzaman-ul-Haq and his team refused to resume play after tea in protest against the ball tampering charge forcing the umpires to call off play and award the match to England.

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