Five great England-Pakistan rows

Published: July 11, 2016
Darrell Hair signals five penalty runs during the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval, on August 20, 2006. PHOTO: AFP

Darrell Hair signals five penalty runs during the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval, on August 20, 2006. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Cricket matches between England and Pakistan have often been a fraught affair, with rows over umpiring, ball-tampering, abandoned fixtures and a spot-fixing row all contributing to a tense relationship which is set to be renewed when the teams meet for the first Test at Lord’s on Thursday.

Below AFP Sport looks back at five of the biggest rows:

1956: Idris Baig and the bucket of water

Idris Baig, a Pakistani umpire, was “kidnapped” by England players, taken to the team hotel in Peshawar and doused with two buckets of water.

As captain of the touring MCC side, the late Donald Carr dismissed the incident as a prank after some questionable decisions against MCC.

What was intended as a joke has often been cited as the root cause of many subsequent England-Pakistan rows.

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1987: Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana

The Faisalabad Test of 1987 became infamous for perhaps the most heated of all on-field arguments when Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana accused England captain Mike Gatting of illegally moving a fielder late on the second day.

Gatting, who was adamant he had done nothing wrong, responded to being a called a “cheat” by Rana by confronting the square-leg umpire and the two men were soon pointing fingers at each other’s chests.

Rana refused to stand on the third day, meaning there was no play, but after a rest day and shortly ahead of the fourth day’s play, Gatting presented the umpire with a scribbled apology.

1992: Swing suspicions

Reverse swing was still a relatively new concept in English cricket at this time but it was used to great effect by touring Pakistani pacemen Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

But their success, which the England bowlers couldn’t match, attracted suspicions of illegal ball-tampering and matters came to a head during a one-day international at Lord’s.

Bad weather meant the game went into a second day when a trio of English officials — on-field umpires Ken Palmer and John Hampshire together with third umpire Don Oslear — ordered the ball be changed under Law 42, which deals with the condition of the ball.

Administrators, horrified by a possible scandal, refused to announce publicly why the ball had been changed — something that angered Pakistan, who then had to confront numerous allegations.

Meanwhile England batsman Allan Lamb gave an interview to the Daily Mirror headlined “How Pakistan Cheat at Cricket”.

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2006: Forfeit at The Oval

England were bystanders as Pakistan became the first team in 129 years and 1,814 fixtures to forfeit a Test match.

The incident began on the fourth afternoon at The Oval when experienced Australian umpire Darrell Hair tapped his shoulder to indicate five penalty runs, signalling he had found the Pakistanis guilty of ball-tampering.

The angry tourists refused to take the field after tea and Hair, together with West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove took that to mean they had forfeited the match which, after hours of confusion, was awarded to England.

This match marked the beginning of the end of Hair’s time as a top umpire after it later emerged he had offered to resign in exchange for $500,000.

2010: Trott and Riaz clash at Lord’s

Pakistan’s tour was already mired in controversy following the spot-fixing scandal in that year’s Lord’s Test and when the teams returned to the “home of cricket” for a one-day international, England batsman Jonathan Trott and Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz had to be separated in the nets after exchanging angry words.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Fahim
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:13PM

    1999 or 2003 world cup, england skipper alex stewart shouted in match ending ceremony “Pakistani empire gave thorp out”Recommend

  • Samrat
    Jul 11, 2016 - 3:34PM

    This is how Pakistan used to win matches by the help of umpires like Shakoor Rana. Many teams including NZ, AUS complained about local umpires favoring Pakistan. Still remember that much talked about hat-trick of Aqib Javed against India. All 3 lbw I guess and Aqib himself said later in an interview that 2 off 3 decision were dubious. What more proof one requires?Recommend

  • Size2
    Jul 11, 2016 - 4:16PM

    @ Samrat: And you haven’t mentioned how Indians have always won their matches…do you remember how Kumble got ten wickets in a test innings by the help of your umpire?Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jul 11, 2016 - 4:37PM

    If you are talking about wrong decision of empires then Tendulkar would have made 20 centuries in his entire career without empires blunders. It is very natural that empire came under pressure and hesitant to give decision against either a big batsman or a big bowler, Recommend

  • @Samrat
    Jul 11, 2016 - 4:49PM

    And what about the 10 wicket haul of Kumble? How many were the genuine wickets and how much were gifted by umpire?
    Between how many Indian umpires have made it to ICC elite panel? Anyone in present era? Surely not.Recommend

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