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Last Updated: Friday, 25 August 2006, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Inzamam case off until September
Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam could be suspended if found guilty of the charges
The hearing of ball-tampering and disrepute charges faced by Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will not take place until next month.

Ranjan Madugalle, the International Cricket Council's chief match referee, had been due to hear the case in London on Friday.

But he stayed in Sri Lanka because of a family illness.

The length of the postponement clears the way for Pakistan to go ahead with the one-day series against England.

The two sides will play a Twenty20 International at Bristol on Monday, followed by five matches under the 50-over format.

ICC president Percy Sonn told a news conference in London that Shaharyar Khan and David Morgan, the chairmen of the Pakistan and England boards, had given him an assurance that the series would continue as scheduled.

The charges against Inzamam arose out of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval, when the tourists were penalised for allegedly altering the condition of the ball during the fourth afternoon's play.

They responded by initially refusing to come out of their dressing room at the end of the tea interval, and umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove awarded the game to England by forfeit.

Regarding the date for Inzamam's hearing, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said: "When we met with the lawyers for the PCB - which was a very amicable meeting - we suggested that the hearing happen on the 14th and 15th, bearing in mind that the one-day series finishes the previous Sunday.

"That date did not suit them for one reason or another and they asked for it to be put back. We are looking now for a date that suits the key participants so at this stage we are looking at the last week in September."

Commenting on the case, he said it had generated a "huge amount of misinformation, speculation and conjecture".

Speed added: "There have been allegations of bias, racism and conspiracy but it is about none of these things.

"It involves two simple cricket issues. Did the Pakistan team change the nature of the ball in an illegal manner under the laws of the game?

"Secondly, did the refusal by the Pakistan team to resume the match when directed to do so bring the game into disrepute?

"The ICC code of conduct provides a mechanism for former cricketers, match referees, to use their experience as cricketers to use their judgement on cricket issues and that is the process that we are trying to achieve here."



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