England - Pakistan - Umpire Darrell Hair: Apology? (Oval test match -cricket)

Is an apology due? Who has been handling this issue sensitively? Ian Botham has said:
"Apart from umpire Darrell Hair monitoring paceman Mohammad Asif shining the ball, Sky Sports have no footage which suggests any ball-tampering malpractice by Pakistan yesterday.
To accuse an individual, or a team, of cheating, you need conclusive evidence -not just to look at a few scuff-marks and make assumptions about how they got there.
And you need to inform the public of what is going on.
It was absolutely appalling that paying customers had to wait so long to find out what was happening.
It's a great shame that an intriguing Test match should be overshadowed by such a sensitive issue which, paradoxically, has been handled with such insensitivity."
Remember the phrase "It's just not cricket?"
(Source: BBC Message Board: Message 8) & October 2007 update:


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