DUBAI: The International Cricket Committee (ICC) on Thursday ruled that the forfeited Test between Pakistan and England in 2006 due to a ball-tampering row will be changed from an English win to a draw.

The ICC Executive Board’s decision means England won the four-Test series 2-0 instead of 3-0.

Umpire Darrell Hair accused Pakistan of ball tampering in the final Test at The Oval. The team then refused to come out to play after tea on the fourth day and the match was awarded to England, the first forfeit in Test cricket’s 131-year history.

Hair was later banned from the ICC elite umpire’s panel and only returned after completing a “rehabilitation programme” last September.

Zimbabwe stalemate

The two-day meeting of the Executive Board, however, ended without a decision on strife-torn Zimbabwe, amid reports of a split among the 10 full members.

“The Board will meet again on Friday. The meeting has been adjourned for the day,” a top ICC official said.

The Boards of South Africa and England last week suspended bilateral ties with Zimbabwe in protest against the deteriorating political situation in Harare where Robert Mugabe was controversially re-elected President. While England and South Africa want Zimbabwe to be suspended from the ICC, the Asian bloc, led by India, opposes the move.

At least seven of the ICC’s 10 full members — including Zimbabwe — have to support any decision to throw the African nation out of the sport’s governing body.

If Zimbabwe retains its full membership, England risks losing the right to host the lucrative Twenty20 World Championships in June next year if the British Government denies visas to the Zimbabwean cricketers.

Former England cricket chief David Morgan is due to take over as the ICC President from South African Ray Mali on Friday.

The ICC also upheld the two-year ban on Marlon Samuels of the West Indies for bringing the game into disrepute.

The Executive Board said the two-year ban slapped on the batsman by a West Indies Cricket Board Disciplinary Committee was “appropriate.”

The committee found Samuels guilty of offence C 4 (ix) of the ICC Code of Conduct, namely that he “received any money, benefit or other reward which could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute.”

Lloyd replaces Gavaskar

Clive Lloyd was named chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee to fill the void created by Sunil Gavaskar’s resignation from the post.

The ICC Board selected Lloyd ahead of Pakistan’s Majid Khan. The Board also retained Michael Beloff as chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission. — Agencies

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