Fate of one-day series hangs in the balance

The fate of the five-match One-day International series hung in the balance even as Pakistan insisted they had no issues with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and would not abandon the tour over a confrontation with umpire Darrell Hair.

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq is under threat of an International Cricket Council (ICC) ban for the tourists’ role in the forfeiture of the fourth Test against England.

Doubts were raised on Monday whether an ICC ban over their captain would lead to a boycott of the one-day series against England by the Pakistanis. “We will cross the bridge when we come to it,” was Shaharyar Khan’s response when asked whether the tour can end abruptly in case of sanctions against Inzamam.

But another Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official was more confident that the tour would go on regardless of any ICC actions. “We have no problems with the England Cricket Board and whatever happens the one-day series is on,” said PCB’s Director Board Operations Abbas Zaidi.

Pakistan are scheduled to play a five-match ODI contest against England after a Twenty20 International in Bristol on August 28. There were also suggestions that Pakistan could be asked to pay damages of 400,000 pounds if charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute are proved.

The ECB were facing that loss after announcing that the 12,000 fans who bought tickets for final day’s play would get a full refund while a 40 percent refund would be given to almost 23,000 fans for abandonment of play on Sunday. “We will see what happens,” said PCB chief Shaharyar Khan when asked on the issue.

Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on August 22nd, 2006 with no comments.
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