Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove vs Inzamam Ul Haq
Ok, here's what happened - It was the 4th day of the Pakistan England Test match being played at the Oval, England. Somewhere around the 56 th over when England were batting in her second innings, Darrel ‘controversy’ Hair and Billy 'off the field' Doctrove suspect ball tampering. They replaced the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to England. Pakistan captain Inzamam is not happy but they continue playing. After tea, Pakistan refused to take the field as a matter of 'honour' as they felt it was a biased decision and they had not been cheating. According to rules, since the team did not take the field the umpires removed the bails and went in. Later, the Pakistanis came back onto the field, the English were also ready to play, but the umpires refused to come out and awarded the match to England.
Some unanswered questions -
1. Who instigated 'Aloo' Inzy not to take the field after tea ? Were they really concerned about Pakistan's 'honour' or just jealous that Inzamam was still going strong in the team after so many years and wanted him out?
2. What evidence did Darrel Hair and Billy Doctrove have ? Why did'nt they inform Inzamam of the reasons or player/s involved according to cricket rules ? (Law 42.3) Simply because the ball was reverse swinging is not reason enough, as bowlers from most top teams do swing the ball.
3. Why did'nt the Umpires consult Captain Inzamam about the team's refusal to play before forfeiting the match to England ? (Law 21.3)
4. Why is it usually either Darrell Hair or Billy Doctrove who are involved in controversies whether the Muthiah Murlitharan chucking episode or the Dhoni/Brian Lara catch on the boundary incident.
The sad part is that Pakistan were on their way to winning the test when this happened. Inzamam ul Haq has always seemed a very 'bhola' - simple minded person who wears his heart on his sleeve. Even at post match interviews, he usually speaks from the heart staying away from the diplomatic babble of other players. Too bad for him, he was unable to stay away from petty cricket politics.
As for Darrell Hair, it is time he learnt to deal with on field issues with a little compassion and flexiblity. If he wants to be known as a stickler for rules, he should administer all equally and not ignore a few according to his fancies. Billy Doctrove should get a book on 'Independent Decision Making for Dummies'.
So, what do you think ?
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