The Pakistani cricket team toured England in the 2006 English cricket season, following England's winter tour of Pakistan where Pakistan had won a 3-Test series 2–0 and the ODI series 4–1. As a result of this series, Pakistan rose two spots to be ranked second in the world Test rankings before this series, and England dropped to third after the 12 July annual update of the ICC Test Championship. The series was marred by a ball-tampering controversy on the fourth day of the Fourth Test, which culminated in Pakistan refusing to take the field after the tea interval in protest to a contentious decision by the umpires to penalize the Pakistani team for what they believed were acts of ball-tampering. This led the umpires to award the game to England, who thus won the Test series 3–0. However, ICC in 2008 declared the result of the final test as a draw and England thus won the Test series 2-0. This was subsequently reversed by the ICC in February 2009 and the result restored as an England victory.
First Class Matches
Tour Match: Pakistan v Leicestershire (1–3 July)
Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Tour Match: Pakistan v England A (6–9 July)
First Test (13–17 July)
A steady start of 60 for England before losing their first wicket turned sour as skipper Andrew Strauss fell... Read More