Match Day

4353dBulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Test forfeited after ball tampering chaos

High drama surrounded the final Test as Pakistan refused to take the field after the interval, following the decision of the umpires to change the ball during the afternoon session

4353dBulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Asif strikes after Iqbal boosts lead

Pakistan continued to make all the running on the fourth day at The Oval as they piled up a 331-run lead despite an improved performance in the field from England, and especially Steve Harmison

2892dCricinfo staff

Hair blames politics for Oval row

Darrell Hair, the umpire at the centre of the controversy that led to the abandonment of the 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan, has claimed that meddling board officials were to blame for the escalation of the row

3438dMartin Williamson

Unfinished business

Following the farce at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium, we look at other matches that have ended prematurely

3444dCricinfo staff

PCB looks into Oval Test again

The Pakistan Cricket Board has set up a three-man panel to look once again at the Oval Test of 2006 whose result the ICC has changed twice. The Test was initially awarded to England after Pakistan forfeited

3453dCricinfo staff

Hair calls on ICC officials to quit

Darrell Hair has called on all the ICC board members involved in the original decision to change the result of the 2006 Oval Test to resign

3456dCricinfo staff

ICC does U-turn on 2006 Oval Test result

The ICC has decided to change the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan from a draw to an English victory, reversing an earlier decision

3551dCricinfo staff

PCB await ICC's reaction on Oval Test result

Following the MCC's recommendation to the ICC to reverse the result of the controversial Oval Test of 2006 between England and Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to wait for the ICC's reaction before taking action

3551dCricinfo staff

Morgan calls Oval Test reversal 'inappropriate'

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

3668dCricinfo staff

ICC changes Oval forfeiture to draw

The ICC has changed the result of the controversial Oval Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 from an English victory to a draw, following pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board during the annual ICC meeting in Dubai

3944dIvo Tennant in London

A legal joust

Ivo Tennant looks at the men conducting the cross-examinations in the Darrell Hair hearing

3944dCricinfo staff

Asian bloc forced ICC's hand claims Hair QC

Darrell Hair commences the biggest battle of his 15-year international umpiring career in the Central Office of London Tribunals on Monday. He is suing his employers, the ICC, for racial discrimination

3946dIvo Tennant

Hair's biggest test

Darrell Hair commences the biggest battle of his 15-year international umpiring career in the Central Office of London Tribunals on Monday. He is suing his employers, the ICC, for racial discrimination

4348dAnand Vasu

Inzamam hearing delay means tour goes on

Inzamam-ul-Haq's disciplinary hearing, originally set for Friday, has had to be postponed because of the unavailability of the ICC's chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle

4349dCricinfo staff

Speed supports Hair and Doctrove

Two days after The Oval fiasco Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, has said the conclusion to the fourth Test was "hugely regrettable"

2872dSamantha Pendergrast

It happened at The Oval

First-hand accounts from players on why the forfeit happened back in 2006

4349dJamie Alter

Hustle and flow

The Lowdown on Mohammad Hafeez by Jamie Alter

4349dAndrew Miller and Martin Williamson

What went on behind the scenes?

Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson consider two very different portraits of Darrell Hair... and also look at Mike Procter's role

4349dCricinfo staff

England deny Fletcher claims

The England & Wales Cricket Board has denied claims in today's Daily Telegraph that Sunday's ball-tampering row was triggered by a visit by Duncan Fletcher, the coach, to Mike Procter, the match referee, before the start of the fourth day's play

4350dCricinfo staff

English authorities face £400,000 loss

Despite assurances on Monday that the premature end to the Oval Test would not leave English cricket out of pocket, it has emerged that the ECB's decision to refund 40% of the ticket price to those who attended The Oval on Sunday will cost it around &poun

4350dCricinfo staff

Woolmer: "There's room for reason"

Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's coach, has hinted that the forthcoming one-day series against England could be scrapped if Inzamam-ul-Haq is found guilty for bringing the game into disrepute

4350dCricinfo staff

Hair and Doctrove were right - Taufel

Simon Taufel, who is regarded as the world's best umpire, believes Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove had to "follow the letter of the law" and abandon the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval

4350dCricinfo staff

Pakistan back at a deserted Oval

Pakistan arrived at an almost deserted Oval this morning to collect their kit while the debate over the events of yesterday afternoon raged on

4350dMartin Williamson

Troubled times ahead

While the debate rages about the rights and wrongs of actions on the fourth day at The Oval, the attention will soon turn to the future and what will happen to the various parties in the days ahead. Here is Cricinfo's take on what to expect.

4350dCricinfo staff

Hair's petulant over-correctness

The controversial incidents on the fourth day of the England-Pakistan Test - which finally culminated in Pakistan forfeiting the game after being accused of ball tampering - has elicited plenty of feedback

4351dExclusive by Andrew Miller

A matter of honour, says Inzamam

Inzamam-ul-Haq has confirmed that the Pakistani stance on their forfeited Test at The Oval is a matter of honour, after the match ball was changed by umpire Darrell Hair midway through the afternoon session

4351dAndrew Miller

PCB chairman attacks Hair

Shahrayar Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has launched a scathing attack on the Australian umpire, Darrell Hair, accusing him of intransigence and insensitivity

4351dAndrew Miller

What a horrible mess

Of all the Pakistan series to have taken place in England since the start of the 1980s, this had been by a country mile the most harmonious. All that has changed with Darrell Hair's one decision

4351dCricinfo staff

A hair-raising past

Throughout their umpiring careers, Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove have been involved in a number of controversies. Cricinfo looks back at the moments that have put the two umpires in the limelight

4351dCricinfo staff

Scrambling the seam

Tampering with a cricket ball isn't a new phenomenon but it was only in late 2000 that the ICC decided to impose a five-run penalty if any side was found guilty of affecting the condition of the ball. Here we track the recent instances

4351dCricinfo and AFP

Oval Test in doubt after chaos ensues

The fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval was plunged into controversy on Sunday in an ugly row over ball-tampering

4351dCricinfo staff

Ball-tampering row mars Oval Test

The fourth and final Test took an unsavoury and controversial twist midway through the afternoon session, as the umpires changed the ball after becoming unhappy about how its condition had altered

4351dAndrew Miller and Osman Samiuddin

Pakistan forfeit Test amid farcical scenes

The fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval has been forfeited as an England win, after a joint statement between the ICC, ECB and PCB

4352dOsman Samiuddin

Pakistan deny charges of ball-tampering

Pakistan have strongly denied that there was any tampering of the ball during the fourth Test at the Oval, accusations of which eventually led to the forfeiture of the game by Pakistan

4352dCricinfo staff

Test forfeited: England win

The fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval has been forfeited as an England win, after a joint statement between the ICC, ECB and PCB

1130dESPNcricinfo staff

More galling than Galle

Sri Lanka bounced back from a 192-run deficit in the first innings to win in Galle. We take a look at six Tests when teams came back from a bigger deficit

England 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st8ME TrescothickAJ Strauss
2nd107AJ StraussAN Cook
3rd103KP PietersenAN Cook
4th59PD CollingwoodKP Pietersen
5th21PD CollingwoodIR Bell