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Holding Hold It

Written by Commoner on July 7th, 2008   (230 views)

The West Indies former fast bowler Michael Holding, while accepting Pakistan were not guilty of ball-tampering, said their refusal to play should not go unpunished, and he is very much right.

It was very stupid and arrogant on the part of Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to refuse to not to play after the controversial and disdainful role of the umpire, but that didn’t warrant Inzamam to refuse to play the game as it not only gave a bad name to the game of the cricket, it also set a bad precedence and it also disappointed the audience.

Pakistan were originally ruled to have forfeited the match, something never before seen in a Test, following their refusal to take the field after tea on the fourth day having previously been penalized five runs for ball-tampering by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove. A subsequent hearing cleared Pakistan of ball-tampering and, on Thursday, the ICC took the extraordinary step of altering the match result.

PCB should also shun applying pressures upon ICC over petty and useless issues, rather they should divert attention towards setting their home in order first.

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