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PCB should have approached court, not ICC: Imran


imranPakistani cricket legend Imran Khan believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should have gone to the court instead of approaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing in the aftermath of the forfeited Oval Test match last month against England.

The cricketer-turned-politician opined that the PCB has weakened its case by itself after they agreed that the matter should be solved by the ICC instead of approaching a court.

The Pakistan skipper Inzamam is due to appear before an ICC code of conduct two-day hearing starting Wednesday (today) in London in which he faces charges of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.

Inzamam led the Oval Test fiasco when Pakistan refused to take the field in protest at accusations of cheating by umpires Darrell Hair of Australia and Billy Doctrove of the West Indies. The umpires awarded the match to England, the first forfeit in the 129-year history of Test cricket.

“The PCB should have gone to court and asked about the evidence of ball-tampering and on failing to provide proof, Hair could have been penalised,” former Pakistani skipper said in an interview.

He said approaching the ICC has weakened Inzamam’s case saying Hair could prove him innocent in the hearing.

Imran claimed that the hearing is not going to be easy for the PCB as Hair could prove the point that he took the decision according to the ICC rules and if in case ICC takes action against the Aussie umpire may approach the court, he added.

“Hair could prove his decision right by mentioning it was taken as per rule of ICC Code of Conduct and if ICC declares any judgement against him (Hair), he could approach the court.”

He believed that Hair has more chances to win the ICC hearing as it goes in his favour according to the ICC rules saying PCB’s step of going to court could be proved more beneficial rather seeking the ICC guidance.

However the greatest Pakistani cricketer of all time said that Hair is a racist and was always engaged in making controversial decisions against the South Asian teams.

He hoped that the ICC would not designate the Aussie umpire in next month’s Champion Trophy encounters involving Pakistan to avoid further turmoil.
Source:The News

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