Incredible scenes in the cricket today. Game abandoned in a row over alleged ball tampering by Pakistanis (easy now steamboatsam). Umpires allowed the English and Welsh batsmen choose a new ball and added 5 runs to their total after they noticed scuff marks on the ball after it started swinging all over the place this afternoon.
The Pakistanis played on until tea though the captain, Inzaman, and the other players were raging at the accusation. After tea they refused to come back on and lodged a protest by staying in their dressing room with the opposition batsmen and the umpires out in the middle. The umpires took the bails off and came back in. Pakistan were then persuaded to resume but the umpires played hardball then by insisting that under the rules of the game they had forfeited the match.
Crazy stuff altogether. Supporters, sponsors, broadcasters etc were not happy at all. There’s no actual TV footage of any of the Pakistanis doing anything untoward as far as I can gather so it appears harsh to be accused of cheating and going against the code of ethics of the game. The umpire Darrell Hair is a knob though but this one will run and run. With Pakistan having made 504 in reply to E&W’s 173 and haven taken 4 second innings wickets and with the lead still at 30 or 40 odd with E&W on 298-4 anybody who stuck a few quid on England and Wales to win in the betting in running would have made a small fortune!