England v Pakistan, The Oval, 2006 October 29, 2008

Morgan calls Oval Test reversal 'inappropriate'

Cricinfo staff

Draw or forfeit? The question still hangs and a change of guard in the ICC could see yet another change of result to the Oval Test © Getty Images

David Morgan, the ICC president, has said that reversing the result of the controversial Oval Test was inappropriate and indicated that the ICC might reconsider the decision. His comments come in the light of a recent recommendation by the MCC, the game's law-making body, to reverse the result.

"It was a decision that was made by the ICC and it's a decision that I was not happy with," Morgan said. "I was president-elect and I didn't believe it was appropriate to change the result of the England-Pakistan match."

The ICC was reacting to a statement by Tony Lewis, the chairman of the MCC's cricket committee, that reversing a result of a match would set a "dangerous precedent and cricket would only be worse off for this decision." The Pakistan Cricket Board didn't comment on the matter, stating that it was an issue between the ICC and the MCC alone.

"The MCC World Cricket Committee is a very responsible group," Morgan said. "It is made up of some of the world's top cricketers and chaired by Tony Lewis and I would be very interested in hearing what has been reported.

"I'll be very interested to actually read their minutes and I'm sure they will make that available and it's something we (the ICC) will have to consider very carefully."

Pakistan were accused of ball-tampering by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove, causing the then captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to stage a protest and refuse to play after tea on the fourth day. Hair and Doctrove, under the laws, correctly ruled the no-show as a forfeit. I

Inzamam was later cleared of the ball-tampering charges but was banned for four matches for bringing the game into disrepute. England initially took the series 3-0 but it was changed to 2-0 last July during the ICC's annual meeting in Dubai.