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ICC summons Pak skipper

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Aug 21, 2006 at 09:16pm IST

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council on Monday confirmed a code of conduct hearing into incidents that occurred during the fourth day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan will take place on Friday in London.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will be required to answer two charges relating to 'changing the condition of the ball' and 'bringing the game into disrepute'.

Both charges will be considered during a hearing to be conducted by ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle.

CONTEMPT OF CODE: Inzamam faces a hearing where he will be required to answer two charges.

Changing the condition of the ball

Inzamam has been charged, as captain, with a breach of Level 2.10 of the ICC Code which relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket.

This charge was brought by the on-field umpires Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair on Sunday.

If Inzamam is found guilty of breaching this provision he faces a fine of between 50 and 100 per cent of his match fee and/or a one Test or two ODI ban.

Bringing the game into disrepute

Inzamam has also been charged, as captain, with a breach of C2 at Level 3 of the Code which relates to conduct that brings the player or the game of cricket into disrepute.

This charge was brought by the on-field umpires Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair along with the third and fourth umpires Peter Hartley and Trevor Jesty following a meeting on Monday morning.

If Inzamam is found guilty of breaching this provision he faces a ban of between two and four Test matches or four to eight ODI matches.

In laying this charge the umpires made reference to the preamble to the Laws of Cricket which highlights the responsibility of the captain to ensure that play is conducted within the spirit of cricket as well as within its laws.

The ICC has provisionally appointed Mr Madugalle to conduct the hearing as the Match Referee for the fourth Test.

Mike Procter, was involved in the incidents that took place on Sunday afternoon and is likely to be asked to present evidence to the hearing.

Mr Madugalle officiated in the first three matches of the series and his appointment has been approved by both the Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

If found guilty the penalties would apply with immediate effect subject to appeal which would have to be made within 24 hours of notification of the adjudicator's decision.

If an appeal is made a player is permitted to continue to represent his country pending the outcome of the appeal.

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