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January 27, 2006
Rudi Koertzen, the South African umpire, who officiated the first two Tests between India and Pakistan, has supported a change in the rules regarding calling off Test matches on the final day, in case a result is not possible.
"There is nothing wrong if the ICC considers a change in laws that allows such Test matches to be called off at tea with the consent of both captains when a last-day result is not possible," Koertzen told The News, the Lahore-based daily.
Koertzen confirmed that he along with Simon Taufel, the Australian umpire, had spoken to both Inzamam-ul-Haq and Rahul Dravid at tea time on the final day at Faisalabad and both agreed to call off the match at that point. However, Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee could not act on it as the rules did not support such a move. He, therefore, had asked the two teams to carry on until eight overs remained in the game, Koertzen revealed.
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