DLA Piper begins Inzamam defence

DLA Piper’s sports lawyers have begun their defence of Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who faces ball-tampering and disrepute charges at a disciplinary hearing at The Oval today.

Ranjan Madugalle, chief referee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is chairing the two-day hearing with a verdict expected on Friday.

David Pannick QC of Blackstone Chambers is advising Madugalle.

DLA Piper sports specialist Mark Gay is leading the five-lawyer team defending Inzamam, together with corporate defence director Simon Airey.

Gay is expected to call former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott and former player Simon Hughes as expert witnesses.

The ICC accused Inzamam of ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute following the early finish of the Fourth Test at the Brit Oval on 20 August.

The Pakistan Cricket Board held an emergency legal beauty parade after the incident, instructing DLA Piper immediately after talking to the firm and calling off the other law firms.