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Holding resigns over Pakistan row

Michael Holding
Michael Holding does not agree with the ICC's decision

Michael Holding has resigned from cricket's governing body, the ICC, over its decision to change the result of a 2006 Test between England and Pakistan.

Pakistan were deemed to have forfeited the game at the Oval after they refused to return to the field when umpires accused them of ball tampering.

The tourists were later cleared of the latter offence and on Thursday the outcome of the match changed to a draw.

"That game should never, ever be a draw," said West Indies legend Holding.


Holding agrees Pakistan were innocent of ball-tampering but insists their refusal to retake the field should have been punished.

"When you take certain actions, you must be quite happy to suffer the consequences," he said.

"I have just written my letter of resignation to the ICC Cricket Committee because I cannot agree with what they've done.

"A lot of things that are happening today that I don't want to be involved with, so I've moved on."

see also
Oval Test result changed to draw
03 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Pakistan seek Oval result change
11 Jan 08 |  Cricket
Hair accused of blackmailing ICC
03 Oct 07 |  Cricket
Hair 'hell' over forfeited Test
01 Oct 07 |  Cricket
Is tampering law right?
28 Sep 06 |  Laws & Equipment
Disrepute ban for skipper Inzamam
28 Sep 06 |  Pakistan

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