Hair will go scot-free: Akram
by Cricketarchive Staff
DateLine: 26th September 2006
Pakistani great Wasim Akram reckons the International Cricket Council
will rein in Inzamam-ul-Haq for the infamous fourth Test against
England at The Oval. Akram fears that Australian umpire Darrell Hair
will be cleared by the ICC.
Inzamam is charged with ball-tampering and bringing the game into
disrepute following the forfeited fourth Test against England while
Hair got into trouble for his part in the incident and his subsequent
offer to resign in exchange for $500,000.
Akram, however, believes the ICC will only find Inzamam guilty at a
hearing scheduled to start on Wednesday.
"The ICC can't do anything about the umpires," he told the Daily
Mirror. "If they do, teams will try it on, saying: 'We're not happy,
change the umpire’. But they will fine or ban Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan
is being accused because we were giving a masterclass in ball-tampering
and for 15 years nobody knew what we were doing."