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MCC says Pakistan should lose disputed test

MCC says Pakistan should lose disputed test

The Marylebone Cricket Club recommended Sunday that the ICC overturn its ruling that the disputed England-Pakistan test in August 2006 was a draw.
England originally won the match at The Oval in the first forfeit in the game's history after Pakistan declined to play on but the International Cricket Council then changed the result at an executive board meeting in July.
The controversy began after tea on the fourth day of the fourth test when Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq refused to lead his team back on the field after the umpires enforced a five-run penalty for alleged ball tampering.
The London-based MCC, which is the independent governor of cricket's laws, wants England to be given its victory back. However, the ICC has the final say on whether the result will be reversed.
The MCC's 18-man world cricket committee _ an independent group of mostly former players charged with improving the game and its governance _ met through the weekend. Players included current India captain Anil Kumble and former test captains Steve Waugh, Shaun Pollock and Michael Atherton.
"The ICC has no power under the laws of cricket to decide that results should be altered, whether it feels it 'inappropriate' or otherwise," committee chairman Tony Lewis said. "The ICC's decision is wrong and sets a very dangerous precedent. Cricket is the worse for this decision."
The original decision initially gave England victory and resulted in a suspension for umpire Darrell Hair, who was reinstated after an employment tribunal hearing in October 2007.
Inzamam, who is now playing in the unofficial Indian Cricket League, was fined for four games for bringing the game into disrepute. The team was cleared of the original ball-tampering allegations.
The ICC ruling meant England won the four-match series 2-0 instead of 3-0.
"As far as we're concerned there is no record of any other result (but a forfeit)," Lewis said. "We're not reversing the ICC result, we're just saying they had no place to do that.
"We, MCC, wrote the rules in 1788 ... Legally, there is absolutely no way the ICC can change the laws of the game, which it did do."
The committee also supported the umpire review system that was used in the recent Sri Lanka-India test series and agreed to work with the ICC in ensuring the primacy of test cricket.
It also supported further trialing of pink balls in the hope they could be used in day-night tests.