Tampering: Inzy may sue ICC for defamation

Published: Monday, September 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Currently facing the music for twin charges of alleged ball-tampering and bringing disrepute to the game, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq may turn the table soon and sue ICC for defamation, according to reports.

A Daily Telegraph report claimed that should Inzy win his case and clears his name in the ball-tampering case, there could be ''a counter-claim for defamation of character,'' the broadsheet said.

The report quoted an anonymous Birmingham-based solicitor, who represents former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, saying Inzamam has a ''very strong case'' to claim for defamation.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is pinning its hopes on its UK lawyers, DLA Piper, headed by Mark Gay, who represented the Football Association in the case of Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand missing a drugs test in 2003.

And to even bolster their case, they have added Lahore-based lawyer Ahmed Hussain in the Team Pakistan, which would represent Inzy in the hearing conducted by ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle.

Inzy and PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan will attend the hearing while their sacked team manager Zaheer Abbas and bowlers Danish Kaneria and Umer Gul would make written submissions.

Inzy faces the twin charges of ''changing the condition of the ball'' and ''bringing the game into disrepute'' for leading his team's boycott in last month's Oval Test against England.

And if found guilty of both, Inzy maybe slapped a suspension from upto five Test matches or 10 one-day matches.

Meanwhile, DLA Pipers is happy with Ahmed Hussain's inclusion for the hearing.

''He's very welcome to join the team. I will be leading the defence with my colleagues but I'm sure anything he brings will add valuable input into the team,'' Mr Gay said.

He also claimed that Inzamam has lot of credibility in the case.

''He has always been entirely consistent in his evidence. We will just prepare him for the hearing,'' he elaborated.

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