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Pak team not keen on early hearing

Reuters
Aug 24, 2006 at 01:09pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan have dropped their plan to ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to hold a disciplinary hearing before Monday into captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's actions in the fourth and final Test against England.

Team manager Zaheer Abbas said that after lengthy consultations it had been decided Pakistan would wait until after the One-Day series ended on September 10 for the hearing to take place.

"There was an opinion we should ask the ICC to have the hearing before the One-Day series to close this issue but since both boards have agreed on having Ranjan Madugalle as the adjudicator it has been decided to wait until he is available," Abbas said.

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Earlier, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said the PCB was willing to accept a replacement adjudicator to speed up the process after a postponement was caused by the enforced absence of ICC chief referee Madugalle.

"Madugalle's sister has had a serious accident and the reasons for postponing the hearing are genuine. Our legal advisers also felt it was best to wait," Abbas said.

He added that Thursday's fixture against Middlesex would go ahead as planned.

"We are definitely playing that match and the remaining ones also. The players are now just concentrating on the cricket and winning the One-Dayers."

Earlier, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said Friday's planned hearing had been postponed since Pakistan and England preferred Madugalle to act as adjudicator.

Personal matter

"The difficulty relates to the availability of Ranjan Madugalle to chair the hearing as he is dealing with a private and personal matter that requires his urgent attention," said Speed in a statement.

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"Pakistan and England, as the host country, have both expressed a preference for Ranjan to hear the case and on that basis we have agreed to the postponement."

Abbas said the name of former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd had been discussed as a possible replacement for Madugalle.

The ICC scheduled the hearing after the ball tampering controversy at the Oval on the fourth day of the final Test on Sunday.

Inzamam and coach Bob Woolmer had suggested earlier this week that the tourists could refuse to play the One-Day series if the captain was banned.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has indicated that if the One-Dayers are not held on the scheduled dates it could cost them around 10 million pounds ($18.93 million).

The row centres around a decision by the umpires to award a five-run penalty against Pakistan for ball tampering.

Inzamam's team refused to emerge for the final session's play and the touring team eventually forfeited the match.

The Pakistan players vehemently deny any wrongdoing. The ICC has charged Inzamam with bringing the game into disrepute, for which there is a maximum ban of eight One-Dayers and four Tests.

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