Just a few moments ago, Pakistan while playing in the 4th Test Match vs England on the 4th day has been accused without evidence of ball tampering. Darrell Hair who has repeatedly been a very biased umpire ruling many times against the cricketers of the Indo-Pak region has yet again proved his bias today. The ball under question was about 54 overs old and at this stage was naturally reverse swinging, this raised suspicion in the mind of Darrell Hair and he replaced the old ball offering the choice of the new ball to the batsmen who naturally selected a better ball. In this accusation the English batsmen were also awarded five penalty runs. All commentators were also surprised to see this decision and the TV crew has still yet to produce any hint of such ball tampering despite the presence of over
10 24 cameras fully focused on the field
I would like the Pakistani community to raise hell and push the ICC to ask for proof of ball tampering, it is actually accusing the Pakistan team of cheating without even a hint of false play (unless they show the evidence), if they find no evidence and this is based on a hunch decision by Darrell Hair then we must ask for his expulsion from the cricket world immediately.
The 4th and final test between Pak vs Eng has been called off/Abandoned amid a controversial 4th days play
The people of Pakistan demand that Darrell Hair issue an unconditional public apology for his actions otherwise Pakistan should forfeit the entire series
UPDATE: After a lot of closed door meetings at The Oval the Pakistani team had finally accepted to come on to the field, but as soon as they emerge from the dressing room they are greeted with a lot of booing by the English crowd, once on the field the Pakistani team was sent back into the dressing room as the Umpires have ruled the match stands forfeited. This mess is bound to get worse.
UPDATE 2: It appears as if the ICC still has not issued any official clarification apart from a brief comment that there are intense negotiations underway and there might be chance for play tomorrow. In my opinion its a good time for Pakistan to stand tall and push for some serious apologies across the board
UPDATE 3: It’s just been noted that the ICC office will be closed tomorrow. “The day has been declared a holiday in Dubai to mark the Ascension of the Prophet (PBUH). The office will be open as normal on Sunday 20 August (8.30am – 5pm) and, after the day off, it will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 22 August.” — Cricinfo. WOW this is going to get really interesting, someone needs to wake up and solve this mess even if it means calling someone to work on a holiday in Dubai.
UPDATE 4: The status of the match is being reviewed; they may strip it of Test status – that’s all we know from the meeting so far. Darrell Hair has gone home, If they have to do have to appoint a new umpire, to call it a Test match could prompt anarchy. There is speculation among the press corps that Darrell Hair may be replaced mid-Test. It’s up to the ICC to decide whether they can change the rules mid-match, but that could set a dangerous precedent. — Cricinfo
UPDATE 5 The fourth and final test has been called off — Cricinfo. I hope that Pakistan gives the ICC a tough time and seriously lodges its protest against Darrell Hair for making a mockery of the Pakistan name and the cricketing world.