Inzy confident of being cleared of ball-tampering charge

Karachi, Sept 24: Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq
on Sunday left for London to attend the International Cricket
Council hearing, amid speculation that he may be cleared of
ball-tampering charge but handed out "some punishment" for
bringing the game into disrepute.

Inzamam presented a straight bat to most of the queries
thrown at him by reporters but said he was keen to finish off
the issue and concentrate on next month`s Champions Trophy in
India.

"I can`t make any comments on the hearing as I am bound
by the ICC Code of Conduct. All I can say is I am reasonably
confident we will be cleared of the ball-tampering charge," he
said just before leaving for London via Dubai for the hearing
on September 27 and 28.

The Pakistan captain was charged with tampering the ball
and bringing the game into disrepute during the Oval Test
against England last month after the Pakistanis refused to
carry on play in protest over the decision of umpires Darrell
Hair and Billy Doctrove to penalise them five runs.

PCB sources said Inzamam and the board were mentally
prepared to accept some punishment on charges of bringing the
game into disrepute but not for ball tampering.

"The indications are that the ICC will drop the ball
tampering charges but ban him for the second more serious
charge. But an appeal should ensure he plays in the Champions
Trophy," a board source said.

Inzamam will be joined by lawyer Ahmed Hussain, coach Bob
Woolmer and chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan
for the hearing.

The ICC has said that the presence of former manager
Zaheer Abbas and players Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria was not
required for the hearing and written statements from them
would do.

The 36-year-old Inzamam had yesterday visited the
headquarters of `Tableegi Jamaat`, the religious organisation
he follows, at Raiwand where special prayers were held for his
exoneration.

Bureau Report

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