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England Oval Test win restored

February 01, 2009 17:06 IST

Cricket's ruling body has restored the initial result of an England win in the controversial 2006 Oval Test forfeited by Pakistan.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday it had made the decision after taking legal advice and receiving input from the Marylebone Cricket Club, the custodians of the Laws of Cricket.

"I'm gratified the Board reached the conclusion it did as this ensures the integrity of the game and the Laws of Cricket have been upheld," added ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat in the statement released after its two-day board meeting in Australia.

"I'm especially grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for its understanding in this matter."

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove ruled Pakistan had forfeited the game as captain Inzamam-ul Haq and his team mates were refusing to come out after tea on the fourth day, protesting after they were docked five runs for alleged ball tampering.

The ICC, under protest from Pakistan, had changed the result to "match abandoned as a draw" last July but the MCC told the ruling body it should never have changed the result and that it had set a dangerous precedent.

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