7/03/2008

What other results will people want changed in the wake of the ICC's bizarre decision ?

The ICC took the extremely odd and rather dubious decision today to change the result of a game which the Pakistan team lost because they refused to play on. Let me repeat this, the Pakistan team chose not to come out of the dressing room, which by anyone's understanding means they threw the game by default, thus giving England the win. Apparently though, the ICC decided today, in a vote that England were excluded from (but Pakistan wasn't), to change the result to a draw.

This opens up a can of worms and now sets a precedent for any team who are losing to simply refuse to come out of the dressing room and snatch a draw when they were doomed to defeat.

What though if it were possible to go back and change results at will ?

Apparently Labour have already asked for the result of the 1992 General Election to be altered to a "Labour Win", whilst the FA have asked FIFA to award England the 1986 World Cup due to England's defeat against the eventual winners thanks to the famous Maradona handball.

So what other events will see history rewritten ? What would you like to see changed ? Write to the ICC and I am sure they will arrange it for you.

6 comments:

Hywel said...

I won about £200 having bet on an England victory. Betfair, after some consideration, regarded the match as an English win presumably on the basis of the ICC decision at the time.

If that's now been changed - where does that leave people who lost out as a result. In practice I assume it's covered in Betfair's T&Cs but it might make an interesting question.

It's not totally unprecendent - haven't the results of Olympic races been changed as a result of drugs charges. Though that is as a result of cheating rather than just non-participation.

Dan said...

I'd like to see a panel convened at the end of the football season to review the final tables and make adjustments for those teams that "are too good to go down".

There should also be a committee that has the power to cancel sport matches that are so one sided the result would be obvious e.g. Murray vs Nadal.

Gavin Whenman said...

Why is the International Criminal Court getting involved in cricket? Is it a crime against humanity?

Bill Quango MP said...

Germany would like 3 goals removed from the Euro championship final.

Andrew Allison said...

I have long thought the ICC were about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. This decision reinforces my view.

Hywel said...

The MCC are heavily criticising this decision - which would seem to fly in the face of Law 21 (basically the result shall not be altered after the umpires have agreed the scores)

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