Pakistan protests ball-tampering charges
Aug. 21, 2006. 04:48 PM
LONDON (AP) — Pakistan's Cricket Board said its players did not tamper with a ball during a match against England and it wants the umpire who made the ruling banned from games involving Pakistan.
Umpire Darrell Hair ruled Sunday that Pakistan illegally scuffed the ball to make it float unpredictably in the air during a five-day match being played at The Oval in London. The umpires awarded England five extra runs and Pakistan's players protested by initially failing to come out for the final session — a decision that led to the game being forfeited.