PERTH: England has once again been awarded the controversial 2006 Oval Test against Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here Sunday.

The match was originally awarded to England when umpires Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair ruled that Pakistan had forfeited the match by refusing to take the field after tea on the fourth day following accusations of ball tampering.

But pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saw the result of the Test match changed from an England win to a draw by "match abandoned" by the ICC in July.

However, a two-day meeting of the ICC board here reversed that decision, after pressure from Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which said it believed the move contravened the laws of cricket and set a "very dangerous" precedent.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said here Sunday the decision reflected the necessity of upholding the laws of cricket