Sohail to head four-man committee to probe Oval Test fiascoFebruary 13th, 2009 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS
Karachi, Feb 13 (IANS) Former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail will head a four-man committee appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to probe into The Oval Test fiasco, a top PCB official said Friday.
Saleem Altaf, PCB’s chief operating officer, said that the committee will investigate the controversy behind the 2006 Oval Test whose result was changed twice by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Initially a three-man committee including its chairman Sohail and former Pakistan Test cricketers - Wasim Bari and Shafqat Rana was appointed to probe into the issue. However, later the PCB also included former board chairman Tauqir Zia in it.
Sohail told IANS that the formation of the committee is an initiative taken by the sports ministry.
“It’s an initiative by the sports ministry and the committee will try its best to find out the real facts behind the Oval Test fiasco,” said Sohail, a former batsman.
The Oval Test - Pakistan’s fourth match of its disastrous tour of England in 2006 — was awarded to England when umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove ruled that Pakistan had forfeited the match after captain Inzamam-ul Haq refused to take the field following accusations of ball tampering.
Last year, pressure from the PCB saw the result of the Test match changed from an England win to a draw by “match abandoned” by the ICC. But the Oval Test controversy has become a thorny issue in Pakistan once again following ICC’s decision earlier this month to once again reverse the result by awarding it to England.
Pakistan’s Senate has also taken a strong note over the issue and its sports committee instructed the sports ministry to ensure that a full-fledged probe is undertaken to find the fact behind it.
The Board decision to appoint a committee to investigate the case came after PCB chairman Ijaz Butt on Wednesday stressed the need for further inquiry into the controversy.
“Something was lacking from the Pakistan side,” the PCB chief told reporters in Lahore. “Had the manager or captain taken up the matter with the match referee, the fiasco could have been avoided,” he stressed.
“Our captain took a stand without consulting the referee and umpires awarded the Test to England — a match which Pakistan could have won.”
There is a possibility that the committee will summon former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Zaheer Abbas, Pakistan’s manager during the 2006 England tour and the then PCB chief Shaharyar Khan to hear their sides of the story. Aamer, however, said that the committee will meet soon to chalk out its plan of action.
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