The occasions where a team conceded a match in the International Cricket - England vs. Pakistan

Published:23 July 2020


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Captain Alec Stewart of England conceded an ODI to Pakistan at Leeds in 2001 when the away team needed four runs in 61 balls after the crowd invaded the pitch. This is the only other ODI cricket instance to date where a team has granted the game. After protests from the home crowd as the match officials announced Sri Lanka the winner by default, the 1996 World Cup semi-final game between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata was abandoned.
Hundreds of happy fans from Pakistan, claiming that the new one-day international has won, stormed the venue, triggering play suspension, serious injury to a steward, and England's unprecedented concession. Needing to win 157, Pakistan had reached 149 for four when Azhar Mahmood launched Dominic Cork high up to the legside boundary for what eventually turned out to be four runs. While Pakistan still required four runs to win, it had more than ten overs to get them, and common sense prevailed under the circumstances.

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In the wash of the Oldham riots and the ground attack at Edgbaston, extra personnel has been employed at matches in Pakistan this summer. For this match, three hundred stewards and 100 police had been brought in, but it was inadequate to handle fans who were eager to get on the pitch en masse. The unedifying conclusion took off the gloss of Pakistan's thoroughly competent performance, with Waqar Younis leading from the front. England fell foul of world-class bowling for the second time in four days in perfectly ripe conditions for exploitation.

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