PCB to resist move to reverse Oval Test result

January 29th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Jan 29 (IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt will vehemently resist any move to once again reverse the result of the infamous Oval Test against England during the International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Perth Saturday.A senior PCB official told IANS Thursday that Butt has gone to Australia with legal opinions taken from a team of lawyers on The Oval Test and will request the ICC not to change the match result again.

“He has carried two separate legal opinions. He would be resisting any move to reverse the result of the Oval Test,” said the official, who requested anonymity.

The ICC executive board is scheduled to discuss the issue of reversing the result of the Oval Test between Pakistan and England in August 2006. The Test was first awarded to England by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove after Pakistan refused to take the field on the fourth day as a mark of protest against ball-tampering charges levelled by the umpires. However, after much lobbying by the PCB, the ICC voted in favour of reversing the result and it was decided last year that the Oval Test would be referred as a draw rather than forfeiture.

But the story didn’t end there.

The Marylbone Cricket Club (MCC) - the guardian of cricket laws - told the ICC to reverse the result to a win for England as Pakistan had refused to take the field which later forced the on-field umpires to award a victory to the home team, as per cricket laws.

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