Farhat escapes code of conduct charge
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 23rd January 2007
Pakistan's Imran Farhat has been found not guilty of breaching the
International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct during his side's
ongoing second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
The charge, laid by the four umpires on duty, on-field officials Billy
Doctrove and Peter Parker, third umpire Rudi Koertzen and fourth umpire
Brian Jerling, related to an incident on the first day of the Test, on
Farhat claimed a catch from batsman Ashwell Prince which was referred
to the third official because Doctrove and Parker were unsure whether
the batsman had played the ball into the ground or his boot before it
reached the fielder.
When Koertzen studied television replays of the incident he noticed the
ball had, in fact, not carried to Imran, and when all the umpires had
the chance to view the footage at close of play it was decided that a
charge should be laid.
But after considering the evidence, ICC match referee Chris Broad
decided that Farhat had no case to answer.
"One of the key aspects in favour of the fielder in this instance was
that no one questioned the validity of the catch at the time," said
Broad. "It was only when it was referred to the third umpire that it
became clear the ball had not carried. That ties in with my experience
as a cricketer as I know it is possible to believe you have caught the
ball when others may have seen it bounce beforehand. Bob Woolmer, the
Pakistan coach, and team manager Talit Ali appeared at the hearing to
vouch for Imran Farhat's good character and Bob added that during a
match in the Caribbean Imran told the umpires he was unsure whether or
not a ball had reached him on the full only for replays to show he took
the catch cleanly. Taking all these factors into account I am satisfied
this was simply a case of a genuine and honest mistake by the fielder
and so I found him not guilty of the charge," he added.