Inzamam served summons in Oval law suit

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan captain, has been served witness summons by a London tribunal following umpire Darrel Hair's suing of the ICC and the Pakistan board for racial discrimination in the aftermath of the Oval controversy.

Interestingly, if Inzamam had remained in Pakistan rather than play county cricket - he is playing for Yorkshire - the tribunal would not have had the power to call him.

"The summons will compel his [Inzamam's] attendance for cross-examination at the Central Office of London Tribunals next month,"

according to a report published in the Times. Hair, who remains on the ICC's Elite panel, was banned from officiating international matches in the aftermath of the Oval saga. It was then that Hair had decided to sue ICC on charges of racial discrimination.

Pakistan team was charged with ball tampering by Hair in the fourth Test against England at The Oval last year. Inzamam, who was the captain of the side, refused to take the field in protest following which the match was awarded to England.

"Hair's lawyer Finers Stephens Innocent wrote to Inzamam requesting his attendance, but did not receive a reply. The summon was served in the presence of Stewart Regan, the chief executive of Yorkshire, for whom Inzamam is playing,"

the report said.

"He now has to decide whether to fly back to Pakistan and return to England before the hearing commences on October 1, or stay in London,"

it said.

Hair will be represented by Robert Griffiths, Queen's Counsel and MCC cricket and general committee member, and he is likely to call upon fellow umpire Billy Doctrove with whom he stood at The Oval. Also expected to appear on Hair's behalf are John Jameson, former assistant secretary of MCC, and Jimmy Adams, the former West Indies captain.

"I am looking forward to having the case heard, and to exercise my rights under the laws of the UK," Hair said. "I am not looking too far ahead and will take stock and make decisions after the hearing is completed."

The hearing is expected to last two weeks.

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