Pakistan seeks ICC advice over Inzamam

Pakistan seeks ICC advice over Inzamam

KARACHI – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to seek advice from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over whether to select captain Inzamam-ul-Haq for the Champions Trophy, a senior official said yesterday.

The ICC has directed all member countries to announce their final 14-man squads for the tournament by Sept 7. Inzamam is due to appear before an ICC disciplinary hearing after the tour of England ends on Sept 10 to face charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.The charges followed the Oval test fiasco and Inzamam’s clash with Australian umpire Darrell Hair.The 36-year-old Inzamam, who has played 113 tests and 362 one-day internationals, faces a ban of up to eight one-dayers and four tests if found guilty of both charges, effectively ruling him out of the Champions Trophy which starts in India on Oct 7.”This is a very pertinent issue for us.We want to know from ICC what happens if we pick him in our final Champions Trophy squad,” director of cricket operations Saleem Altaf said.”Our selectors want to know if they are allowed to replace him if he is banned after being named in the squad,” Altaf said.”Don’t forget besides being captain he also a key player for us.He rates high in the planning for the tournament.”The ICC postponed the Inzamam hearing due to be held on Aug 25 in London, and on Monday it also cancelled a planned emergency meeting of the executive board which was expected to give a clear ruling on the Oval test fiasco.Nampa-ReutersInzamam is due to appear before an ICC disciplinary hearing after the tour of England ends on Sept 10 to face charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.The charges followed the Oval test fiasco and Inzamam’s clash with Australian umpire Darrell Hair.The 36-year-old Inzamam, who has played 113 tests and 362 one-day internationals, faces a ban of up to eight one-dayers and four tests if found guilty of both charges, effectively ruling him out of the Champions Trophy which starts in India on Oct 7.”This is a very pertinent issue for us.We want to know from ICC what happens if we pick him in our final Champions Trophy squad,” director of cricket operations Saleem Altaf said.”Our selectors want to know if they are allowed to replace him if he is banned after being named in the squad,” Altaf said.”Don’t forget besides being captain he also a key player for us.He rates high in the planning for the tournament.”The ICC postponed the Inzamam hearing due to be held on Aug 25 in London, and on Monday it also cancelled a planned emergency meeting of the executive board which was expected to give a clear ruling on the Oval test fiasco.Nampa-Reuters

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