PCB wants investigation on Hair~~s conduct

Published: Monday, October 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: Inzamam-ul Haq may have forgiven Darrell Hair for wrongly accusing him of ball-tampering after being cleared by the ICC, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in no such hurry and wants the controversial Australian umpire's conduct in the forfeited Oval Test against England investigated.

PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan asserted that it was Hair, who was responsible for the Oval fiasco as Pakistan had wanted to come back to field after their initial protests following the infamous tampering row.Shahryar said PCB would press for its demand of an investigation against Hair.''We had demanded an investigation against Hair's conduct and that demand was made before the inquiry and we would continue to have a stand on it,'' the PCB chief was quoted by The News as saying.

The ICC had earlier cleared Inzamam of ball-tampering charges but handed him a four-ODI ban for bringing the game into disrepute after being found guilty of forfeiting the Oval Test.

However, Shahryar insisted that Pakistan's protest in the match was caused by the umpires, who refused to tell them the reason of the five-run penalty initially.''The decision of protest was due to anger because umpires did not tell Pakistan why they were penalised five runs and even Inzamam did not know about why the five penalty runs were docked,'' he said.

The PCB Chairman also made it clear that the forfeiture of the match was not done by Pakistan as they had intended to protest for only five minutes. He said it was the umpires who failed to act tactfully and declared England the winner.

''What the inquiry transpired was that it was a technical blunder that we did not come to the field. Actually we had decided to stage a five-minute protest and now we would investigate who was responsible for the fiasco,'' he said.''The second thing is that the umpire's decision is final and that's why Inzamam has been banned and we are not appealing against the ban nor are we asking for The Oval forfeit to be abolished,'' he added.

Meanwhile, the PCB chief revealed that the financial loss caused to the England and Wales Cricket Board due to the forfeited Test has now raised the issue of compensation and the ECB may ask for it anytime soon.

''The matter may not have been settled as yet because the ECB are going to write to us about compensation over financial losses over ticket sale returns of The Oval Test,'' he said.

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