What a horrible mess. Darrell Hair must have known what he was getting into this afternoon. He must have. This is a man who has allowed controversy to stalk his every waking hour, from the no-ballings of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shoaib Akhtar to the run-out decision he gave against Inzamam at Faisalabad this winter.
Did Darrell Hair actually see a member of the Pakistan team tampering with a cricket ball? Has he got proof?
If he hasn’t then he has made a massive mistake.
If I had been accused of cheating in this way then, as long as I was sure of our innocence, I would have done exactly the same thing as Pakistan.
I wouldn’t have come out after tea, either.
People have said that Pakistan should have waited until the close of play and then gone down the right channels, but they wouldn’t have seen it that way.
To Pakistan, if they had carried on playing, they would have been admitting their guilt.
Former England captain
International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed says Pakistan could face additional charges after forfeiting The Oval Test.
Pakistan refused to take to the field for the final session in protest at being penalised for ball-tampering.
It was the first time in 129 years, and 1,814 matches, that a Test had been conceded by forfeit.
“The umpires are meeting this morning to consider whether there should be any further charges,” Speed told BBC Radio.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly entered the debate over the controversial final cricket Test match with England.
He called captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to back the team after Pakistan was deemed to have forfeited the match in London on Sunday, Pakistani media reported.
Pakistan refused to resume play after the team was accused by umpires of tampering with the ball.
The accusation has provoked widespread anger in Pakistan.
Mr Musharraf is also reported to have said Australian umpire Darrell Hair had insulted Pakistan.