Drama, darkness, controversy and criminality! Four unforgettable Tests between England and Pakistan

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England captain Mike Gatting was accused of cheating in Faisalabad, Pakistan in 1987


Drama, darkness, controversy… and criminality! Four unforgettable Test matches between England and Pakistan ahead of series opener at Old Trafford on Wednesday

  • There have been some memorable clashes between England and Pakistan
  • Mike Gatting was accused of cheating by a Pakistani umpire in 1987
  • A 2006 tour was thrown into doubt as Pakistan were accused of ball-tampering
  • In 2010, three Pakistan players were caught in a spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s

GATTING’S FURY 1987, FAISALABAD 

On the second day of the second Test, England captain Mike Gatting was moving his field around as Eddie Hemmings began his run-up, prompting Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana to yell: ‘Stop, stop!’ 

Rana accused Gatting of cheating, leading to the two squaring up and trading insults. 

Rana refused to resume as umpire the following morning and a whole day’s play was lost. Gatting eventually apologised and the game continued — with England denied victory by fading light on the final day.

England captain Mike Gatting was accused of cheating in Faisalabad, Pakistan in 1987

GLORY IN THE GLOOM 2000, KARACHI 

England began this game without a victory for 39 years and 19 Tests in Pakistan, while the hosts had never lost at Karachi. 

With the game heading for a draw, Pakistan collapsed from 71 for three to 158 all out on the final day to set England 176 for victory to win the series. 

With light fading rapidly and Pakistan slowing the over-rate to a crawl, umpire Steve Bucknor kept the players out and Graham Thorpe scored the winning runs in near-darkness to seal a famous win.

TAMPER-GATE 2006, THE OVAL 

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove accused Pakistan of ball-tampering on the fourth day of the final Test and awarded England five penalty runs. 

The furious visitors, led by captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, refused to come out after tea and the umpires awarded the game to England. 

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove accused Pakistan of ball-tampering 14 years ago

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove accused Pakistan of ball-tampering 14 years ago

All hell broke loose. The rest of the tour was thrown into doubt and Hair was accused of racism before offering to resign. 

He was demoted by the ICC and Inzamam cleared of ball-tampering.

SPOT-FIXING STORM 2010, LORD’S

Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad put on a record 332 for the eighth wicket in a Test England won easily, but it is better remembered for a scandal that threw cricket into turmoil. 

On the eve of the game, undercover News of the World reporters filmed bookmaker Mazhar Majeed saying Pakistan players had been bribed to deliberately bowl no-balls at specific points. 

Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif obliged the next day and, along with captain Salman Butt, were handed custodial sentences and lengthy bans.

Mohammad Amir was one of three Pakistan players caught in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010

Mohammad Amir was one of three Pakistan players caught in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010

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