The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday cancelled this Saturday’s meeting of its Executive Board that was convened by President Percy Sonn last week following The Oval Test fiasco.
Sonn said in a statement that he has decided to cancel the board meeting which was scheduled to be held in Dubai after discussing the issue with ICC directors. Sonn stated: “Last week I felt it necessary to call a meeting of the board of directors to brief them on the end to the Test match at The Brit Oval and subsequent events. That meeting was due to take place this coming Saturday.”
The South African added: “However, having had the chance to contact the directors and seeing they have an understanding of the situation I have decided this course of action is not necessary so I have decided to cancel the meeting.”
“I sent each director a note last Friday and will telephone each of them over the next couple of days to further explain what has happened over the past week and ensure they understand the process from here onwards,” he explained.
Sonn said that the cancellation of the meeting would help everybody shift their focus back on cricket. “There has been much speculation over the past few days about whether the executive board has the power to overturn a properly laid charge by the umpires,” he told.
He added: “That speculation would only be bound to intensify ahead of the weekend and so by cancelling the meeting it will allow everyone to get off that particular topic and focus on the cricket to be played this week instead.”
“The original intention was to seek legal advice concerning the executive board’s powers but I do not believe it is necessary to obtain that advice. We have processes in place to deal with code of conduct matters and we should not seek to interfere with it,” Sonn concluded.
Pakistan were looking forward to the Dubai moot with the belief that charges against their captain Inzamam-ul-Haq would be dropped by the ICC following the meeting.
There were also reports that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was making efforts to garner support from some of the leading ICC member nations in a bid to rid Inzamam of the International Cricket Council charges that were levelled against him in wake of the fourth Test at The Oval.
Inzamam was charged of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute after Pakistan staged a dressing room sit-in in the match following umpire Darrell Hair’s decision to award five penalty runs against them and allowing England to choose a new ball.
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