ICC changes Test forfeiture to draw

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2008, 22:43 [IST]
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Dubai: The result of Pakistan's forfeited Test match at The Oval in 2006 has been changed from an England win to a draw, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here Thursday.

The first and so far only forfeit in the history of Test cricket took place at The Oval in August 2006 when Australian umpire Darrell Hair and West Indian colleague Billy Doctrove after Pakistan, under the captaincy of Inzamam-ul Haq, refused to take the field after being penalised five penalty runs for alleged ball-tampering.

In a statement issued after the match was discussed at a board meeting at its Dubai headquarters, the ICC said: "The board decided the result of the match should be altered. The change is from an England win as a result of Pakistan's refusal to play to the match being termed abandoned as a draw."

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