27 Oct 2008

ICC can't go changing match results says custodian of cricket laws

12:58 pm on 27 October 2008

Cricket's governing body the ICC should never have changed the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan to a draw, the custodians of the game's laws.

The Lord's-based Marylebone Cricket Club called for the ICC to reinstate the original result that Pakistan had forfeited the Test, saying it set a dangerous precedent in altering the result.

England were originally declared the winners after Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq refused to lead his team back on the field after tea on day four in protest, after being docked five runs for alleged ball tampering by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove.

After an investigation into the incident that resulted in the first forfeited result in Test history, the ICC altered the result to a draw in July this year.

MCC world cricket committee chairman Tony Lewis says the ICC has no power, under the Laws of Cricket, to decide that results should be altered, whether it feels them to be 'inappropriate' or otherwise.