Sydney, Oct 28 : The cricketing law making body - the MCC has reportedly endorsed Aussie umpire Darrell Hair's fateful decision to award the 2006 Oval cricket Test between England and Pakistan to the home side.
At its meeting that concluded in Delhi this week, the MCC said that the original result - a forfeit after Pakistan's players refused to return to the field after being accused of ball tampering by Hair - "should stand".
At the end of their two-day meeting, chairman Tony Lewis declared the ICC had no power to change the result of the Oval Test. "The ICC has no power under the laws of cricket to decide that results should be altered, whether it feels it 'inappropriate' or otherwise," Lewis said. "The ICC's decision is wrong and sets a very dangerous precedent. Cricket is the worse for this decision," the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Earlier, Hair's decision was disowned by the ICC following a meeting of its member nations in July this year, who decided to amend the result to a draw. The original decision gave England victory and resulted in a suspension for Hair, who was reinstated after an employment tribunal hearing in October 2007.
The then Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was banned for four ODIs for bringing the game into "disrepute", but his team was cleared of the initial ball-tampering allegations.
The MCC committee that met in New Delhi comprises of a range of current and former international cricketers, including Steve Waugh, Shaun Pollock, Michael Atherton and Indian captain Anil Kumble.
After the MCC decision, Majid Khan, the former Pakistani captain, ex-match referee and erstwhile chief executive of the PCB, said that the committee's decision had been unanimous, saying it was "simply a matter of law".
"The rule states that you can't overturn a decision. The result should stay as is," he said. When asked what the reaction would be in Pakistan, Majid said: "we'll wait and see".