30
Mar
07

Was Pakistan forced to play on?

Mirror UK reported yesterday that Pakistan cricket chiefs threatened their World Cup team with severe penalties to force them to play following the death of Bob Woolmer.

It is claimed that captain Inzamam-ul-Haq had told the players the team would not play the Group D game against Zimbabwe which was held three days after Woolmer’s body was found.

“It took a late-night telephone call to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and threats of severe penalties for Inzamam and the players to finally relent. The manager, Talat Ali put his foot down and, backed by the board, told Inzamam and senior players in a meeting that they would not decide which match to play and they must fulfil their commitment against Zimbabwe. Talat told them they would not be allowed to have their way as they had done during last year’s Oval Test against England,” a source close to the team revealed.


Last August, Inzamam refused to lead his team on to the field after tea against England on the fourth day at the Oval in protest over the umpires’ decision to change the ball and penalise the Pakistanis five runs for alleged ball tampering.

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove awarded the Test to England as a forfeited result, the first in Test history.

Source: Mirror.co.uk

 

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1 Response to “Was Pakistan forced to play on?”


  1. 1 Saquib
    March 30, 2007 at 11:03 am

    if there is any truth to this claim then shame on our cricket governing body for putting the players through this to save their grace! their coach was murdered so they should have been given space.


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