Dickie Bird says the umpires in the Oval Test were wrong to punish Pakistan for ball tampering without ‘concrete evidence’.
And by jove, he is right. How in the name of hell can an umpire accuse a team when not one camera caught anything wrong happening. Change the ball if you want to but don’t play God mate!!!
Some would say he was impartial – I say he is a moron (if he is not an outright racist). Inzamam is right – in South Asian cricket calling a team a cheat is calling the Whole damn country a cheat. And I don’t think Pakistan is a cheat, inspite of all the times they trashed us. I still remember how all the “Whites” used to call Imran’s teams cheats till they learnt to reverse swing:)
Still I would have said Pakistan was in the wrong to not come out immediately after tea and would have agreed to Inzamam being punished for that – but wait we had a bigger prima donna- Mr Darell Moronic Hair would not budge to get back on the bleeping field.
I hope he does not officte another match – but then again the case has gone in front of the second biggest morons of all times, number one being Sepp Blatter and FIFA, the ICC. God save the game!!!
Related links from BBC:
Inzamam charged in cheating row
Lengthy talks fail to save Test
Day four: How the controversy unfolded
English cricket suffers cash blow
How Hair courts controversy
Jonathan Agnew column