Inzamam not to seek action against Darrell Hair

Islamabad, September 30 :

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said on Saturday he would not seek legal action against Australian umpire Darrell Hair after being cleared of ball tampering charges by the ICC.

“Our religion Islam teaches us to forgive and forget, so I forgive Hair and will not take any action,” Inzamam said on return from London, where a two-day ICC hearing cleared him of ball tampering.

The 36-year-old captain was however handed a four-match ban for bringing the game into disrepute over his team’s refusal to take the field in the fourth Test against England at The Oval last month.

The protest came after Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove of the West Indies penalised Pakistan five runs on suspicion of ball tampering. The ban will keep Inzamam out of the eight-team biennial ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy competition which begins in India next month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Younis Khan would replace Inzamam as captain for the competition but extended Inzamam’s tenure until next year’s World Cup.

Inzamam said he had nothing in his heart against the controversial Australian umpire. “It will take time to forget what happened at The Oval but my heart is clear as always, and since we have been cleared of the more serious charge of ball tampering I think we should bury the matter.”