28 Oct 2008

MCC say Hair's forfeit decision was right

6:44 am on 28 October 2008

The fateful decision by the Australian cricket umpire Darrell Hair to award the 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan to the home side has been endorsed by the game's law makers.

Hair's difficult call, made alongside West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove, was disowned by the International Cricket Council in July this year, and the result was amended to a draw.

But the Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardians of cricket law, concluded at a meeting in Delhi this week that the original result - a forfeit after Pakistan's players refused to return to the field after being accused of ball tampering by Hair - should stand.

At the end of their two-day meeting, chairman Tony Lewis declared the ICC had no power to change the result of the Oval Test.

The original decision resulted in a suspension for Hair, who was reinstated after an employment tribunal hearing in October 2007.