|Bookmakers Paddy Power have come to the rescue of their customers after deciding to pay out on an England win for the fourth Test against Pakistan. |
A Paddy Power spokesman said, 'We think this is the fair result and one that doesnít leave our punters stumped. In these situations Paddy Power doesn't look at our rules but we ask ourselves what we would consider to be a fair result if we were the punter.'
The firmís generosity of spirit will cost it about £120,000 in refunds, because a Pakistan win, quoted at 8-11 when play was stopped, and a draw, offered at evens, were the two most heavily backed results. An England win was a rank outsider at 25-1.
Elsewhere, however, punters were left reeling when England were declared winners after Pakistan forfeited the match with Ladbrokes, William Hill and Totesport all confirming they will be paying out on a home victory.
Totesport spokesman Paul Petrie said, 'Our rules are clear in that we pay out on the official result, so therefore it is an England win. Obviously those that backed Pakistan and the draw can consider themselves extremely unlucky and we can only hope that this situation never arises again.'
At least one of Totesport's telephone customers received a lucky break though, after he put £200 on England at 28-1 on Saturday night.