London, Aug 26: Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq`s
hearing on charges of ball-tampering and bringing cricket into
disrepute must wait until the end of next month.
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive
Malcolm Speed said today that earlier reports had falsely
suggested a hearing was set for September 15.
Inzamam`s case was initially to be heard Friday.
But after consultation with the legal team assembled
by Pakistan for the inquiry into Inzamam`s behaviour in the
abandoned fourth Test at the Oval last weekend, both parties
have agreed to a further delay.
It was put back when it transpired chief referee Ranjan
Madugalle was unavailable to chair the hearing because of a
family problem, and speed explained why Inzamam must now wait
even longer than had been anticipated.
"When we met with the lawyers for the (Pakistan Cricket
Board) PCB yesterday - which was a very amicable meeting - we
suggested that the hearing happen on the 14th and 15th,
bearing in mind that the one-day series finishes the previous
Sunday," Speed said.
"That date did not suit them for one reason or another
and they asked for it to be put back. We are looking now for a
date that suits the key participants so at this stage we are
looking at the last week in September."