Umpire returns after six-month rehabilitation March 18, 2008

Darrell Hair reinstated by ICC

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Darrell Hair: 'I wish to get back on to the field as soon as possible' © Getty Images
 
Darrell Hair will return to umpiring in Tests and ODIs after the ICC decided that he had successfully completed a six-month rehabilitation period. Hair has not stood in a major match since the Oval Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 when he and Billy Doctrove penalised Pakistan for ball-tampering, which led to the game being abandoned.

Hair withdrew his allegations of racial discrimination against the ICC - with whom he is contracted till March 2009 - seven days into a tribunal in London last October. It was then recommended that he enter a period of rehabilitation. While he was never removed from the ICC's elite panel, he was in effect isolated as it was made clear he would not be appointed to any game involving a Full Member.

Since he was suspended from standing in major cricket, Hair has officiated in a few ODIs involving Associate countries as well as umpiring in three ICC Intercontinental Cup matches. The ICC maintained that the decision was unanimous but it seems that a deal has been done behind the scenes as only yesterday a senior Pakistan board official said that the PCB would never countenance Hair standing in any of their matches.

Hair's response was brief. "My commitment to cricket and umpiring is as strong as ever and I wish to get back on to the field as soon as possible."

The wording of the statement from the ICC gave every indication that Hair's contract would not be extended and it stated he was free to umpire any match "in the next 12 months".

Cricket Australia welcomed the decision to reinstate Hair. "We're pleased to see Darrell back," Peter Young, the Cricket Australia spokesman, told AFP. "Cricket Australia has always had a view that he is, in a technical sense, an excellent umpire, one of the best two or three in the world. World cricket needs good umpires. We look forward to seeing him back on the circuit."

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  • POSTED BY shortshadyuk on | March 20, 2008, 14:16 GMT

    Im an umpire and I believe what Daryll did to the letter of the Law was correct on the day but Bucknor is terrible full stop, Daryll Hair has a contract to see out and I can see why the ICC are trying to get their moneys worth but by allowing countries to say we dont want this official they are Undermining the authority and respect of that umpire who is on the ELITE panel no less and he hasnt made a terrible mistake in becoming the villain. He makes the odd shoddy decision but that's human nature, I think the ICC need to say we have this elite umpire and regardless of the boards wishes he should umpire impartially for any game in any country otherwise other umpires won't feel confident in applying laws that are infrequently broken

  • POSTED BY usyed on | March 20, 2008, 10:15 GMT

    Mr Hair has created a history in test cricket. So which ICC decision is right, the previous one to oust him or the recent one to reinstate him. Such decisions makes ICC incredible.

  • POSTED BY MahiDhoniRules on | March 19, 2008, 19:46 GMT

    A poor decision to reinstate a poor umpire. Hair is certainly no racist, but he is an incompetent umpire, that would be unfit to umpire even in a school cricket match.

    It is unfortunate for Pakistan that they have no control power over the ICC. It would be pretty funny if Hair produces a controversial decision that goes against India in the near future. With the power of the BCCI, this would surely end his career. I believe a new batch of elite panel umpires should be employed by the ICC. The umpiring standards of cricket are poor; in fact the only umpires that deserve their place in the elite panel are Aleem Dar, Simon Taufel and Asad Rauf, who collectively perform nicely.

  • POSTED BY HairDo on | March 19, 2008, 16:24 GMT

    It should not have never even been a point of discussion. Of course he should be back! Hair may be many things: self righteous, strict, arrogant perhaps, but he is NOT a racist simply because he stops a game Pakistan played in and lost due to their own incomprehensible behaviour. Furthermore he is one of the few gutsy ball watchers who dares to apply the not-so-popular rules. It would not have been the first time Pakistan tempered with the ball, and it will probably not be the last. When do we stop allowing the "cry-racism" - crowd to hold us to ransom with any decision that goes against them? Let's just call a spade a spade, and not a bloody shovel.

  • POSTED BY SP123 on | March 19, 2008, 16:18 GMT

    An umpire, by definition, is one who officiates a game impartially. The recent happenings is a complete reversal of this definition. ICC now tells that there is an umpire in the elite panel but he will not officiates in any gaes involving this and that country - Mr. Buchnor for India and Mr. Hair for Pakistan. Are we going to have other limitaions too?

    An umpire from the elite panel should be free to be assigned to any game or should not be on the panel. No half measures and exceptions.

  • POSTED BY iabashir on | March 19, 2008, 16:07 GMT

    Apparently Darrel Hair's return is an out come of two different but connected deals. On one hand Darrel Hair abandoned or withdrew his case against the ICC and on the other hand India sported his reinstatement against the concessions for IPL. However, this is not a new thing and in the world of business this is common and cricket now is more a business than a game. Therefore, if it is commercially beneficial to Australia, India & ICC they have gone for a commercially viable understanding. But I also feel that one can not be punished in perpetuity for an offence/blunder of this kind. By awarding a punishment we want to achieve two benefits one is to the offender realize that he has done a wrong and to create deterrence for others and I hope we have achieved both. (Iftikhar Ahmad Bashir)

  • POSTED BY N00dles on | March 19, 2008, 12:11 GMT

    This is an excellent decision. A prevailing trend at the moment is for some teams to blame the umpire and not their own performance for their failures. This brings the whole game into disrepute. I love watching and playing cricket and I have never seen Hair do anything but rule completely to the letter of the law of the game. You can say all you like about Pakistan but the rules state they should have returned to the field and there was no option but to abandon the game. You can't expect umpires make up their own rules when the laws of the game state what should and did happen. As for Murali, Hair was completely correct in calling him for no balls. His technique was examined by proper analysts and the games administrators changed the rules so a bowler is no longer limited to a 5 degree but a 15 degree bend of the elbow. The laws as they were at the time therefore meant that Murali was exceeding the 5 degrees and therefore Hair was correct in calling him.

  • POSTED BY Adityak on | March 19, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    I am happy that Darrel Hair is reinstated. I think he is a very good umpire and has always followed the laws down to the last word. Its just that some people dont like this over-accurate attitude. This decision is only a vindication that Mr Hair was right all the way through.

  • POSTED BY DeshanAmore on | March 19, 2008, 10:46 GMT

    I've got nothing personal against the man, The ICC board decided beyond doubt Hair's conduct was not up to the mark. This man violated his responsibilities as a senior umpire. How the ICC can restore him is hard to comprehend

  • POSTED BY alwaqia on | March 19, 2008, 9:34 GMT

    I Think ICC is not a WORLD CRICKET-Governing BODY. ICC is playing in the hands of Australia and India. Ausralia and India have commonly contracted to achive their mutual benefits.

    The Dicision of ICC , to return back Darrel Hair is quite one-sided. But ICC should remember that , such policies will lead to the development of Indian Cricket League. and ICC will Crash one day.

  • POSTED BY shortshadyuk on | March 20, 2008, 14:16 GMT

    Im an umpire and I believe what Daryll did to the letter of the Law was correct on the day but Bucknor is terrible full stop, Daryll Hair has a contract to see out and I can see why the ICC are trying to get their moneys worth but by allowing countries to say we dont want this official they are Undermining the authority and respect of that umpire who is on the ELITE panel no less and he hasnt made a terrible mistake in becoming the villain. He makes the odd shoddy decision but that's human nature, I think the ICC need to say we have this elite umpire and regardless of the boards wishes he should umpire impartially for any game in any country otherwise other umpires won't feel confident in applying laws that are infrequently broken

  • POSTED BY usyed on | March 20, 2008, 10:15 GMT

    Mr Hair has created a history in test cricket. So which ICC decision is right, the previous one to oust him or the recent one to reinstate him. Such decisions makes ICC incredible.

  • POSTED BY MahiDhoniRules on | March 19, 2008, 19:46 GMT

    A poor decision to reinstate a poor umpire. Hair is certainly no racist, but he is an incompetent umpire, that would be unfit to umpire even in a school cricket match.

    It is unfortunate for Pakistan that they have no control power over the ICC. It would be pretty funny if Hair produces a controversial decision that goes against India in the near future. With the power of the BCCI, this would surely end his career. I believe a new batch of elite panel umpires should be employed by the ICC. The umpiring standards of cricket are poor; in fact the only umpires that deserve their place in the elite panel are Aleem Dar, Simon Taufel and Asad Rauf, who collectively perform nicely.

  • POSTED BY HairDo on | March 19, 2008, 16:24 GMT

    It should not have never even been a point of discussion. Of course he should be back! Hair may be many things: self righteous, strict, arrogant perhaps, but he is NOT a racist simply because he stops a game Pakistan played in and lost due to their own incomprehensible behaviour. Furthermore he is one of the few gutsy ball watchers who dares to apply the not-so-popular rules. It would not have been the first time Pakistan tempered with the ball, and it will probably not be the last. When do we stop allowing the "cry-racism" - crowd to hold us to ransom with any decision that goes against them? Let's just call a spade a spade, and not a bloody shovel.

  • POSTED BY SP123 on | March 19, 2008, 16:18 GMT

    An umpire, by definition, is one who officiates a game impartially. The recent happenings is a complete reversal of this definition. ICC now tells that there is an umpire in the elite panel but he will not officiates in any gaes involving this and that country - Mr. Buchnor for India and Mr. Hair for Pakistan. Are we going to have other limitaions too?

    An umpire from the elite panel should be free to be assigned to any game or should not be on the panel. No half measures and exceptions.

  • POSTED BY iabashir on | March 19, 2008, 16:07 GMT

    Apparently Darrel Hair's return is an out come of two different but connected deals. On one hand Darrel Hair abandoned or withdrew his case against the ICC and on the other hand India sported his reinstatement against the concessions for IPL. However, this is not a new thing and in the world of business this is common and cricket now is more a business than a game. Therefore, if it is commercially beneficial to Australia, India & ICC they have gone for a commercially viable understanding. But I also feel that one can not be punished in perpetuity for an offence/blunder of this kind. By awarding a punishment we want to achieve two benefits one is to the offender realize that he has done a wrong and to create deterrence for others and I hope we have achieved both. (Iftikhar Ahmad Bashir)

  • POSTED BY N00dles on | March 19, 2008, 12:11 GMT

    This is an excellent decision. A prevailing trend at the moment is for some teams to blame the umpire and not their own performance for their failures. This brings the whole game into disrepute. I love watching and playing cricket and I have never seen Hair do anything but rule completely to the letter of the law of the game. You can say all you like about Pakistan but the rules state they should have returned to the field and there was no option but to abandon the game. You can't expect umpires make up their own rules when the laws of the game state what should and did happen. As for Murali, Hair was completely correct in calling him for no balls. His technique was examined by proper analysts and the games administrators changed the rules so a bowler is no longer limited to a 5 degree but a 15 degree bend of the elbow. The laws as they were at the time therefore meant that Murali was exceeding the 5 degrees and therefore Hair was correct in calling him.

  • POSTED BY Adityak on | March 19, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    I am happy that Darrel Hair is reinstated. I think he is a very good umpire and has always followed the laws down to the last word. Its just that some people dont like this over-accurate attitude. This decision is only a vindication that Mr Hair was right all the way through.

  • POSTED BY DeshanAmore on | March 19, 2008, 10:46 GMT

    I've got nothing personal against the man, The ICC board decided beyond doubt Hair's conduct was not up to the mark. This man violated his responsibilities as a senior umpire. How the ICC can restore him is hard to comprehend

  • POSTED BY alwaqia on | March 19, 2008, 9:34 GMT

    I Think ICC is not a WORLD CRICKET-Governing BODY. ICC is playing in the hands of Australia and India. Ausralia and India have commonly contracted to achive their mutual benefits.

    The Dicision of ICC , to return back Darrel Hair is quite one-sided. But ICC should remember that , such policies will lead to the development of Indian Cricket League. and ICC will Crash one day.

  • POSTED BY sholari on | March 19, 2008, 8:34 GMT

    Of course the ICC had a choice! They could have cowtowed to the subcontinental nations like they usually do, and absolutely condemned an Australian (all the rage among the other cricket-playing nations around the world at the moment). The fact is that while everyone in the world is screaming for some high quality umpires at the moment, for only half of these countries does this mean truly impartial. Unfortunately, for the rest of them it seems to mean that it isn't the batsmen who should get "the benefit of the doubt", but themselves. Each and every single time.

  • POSTED BY tahhamza on | March 19, 2008, 7:20 GMT

    i strongly disagree with the decision and ask iccc to reverse its decision regarding Darrel Hair.this is against icc policy of zero tolerance against racial discrimination.

  • POSTED BY SimmoTheAviator on | March 19, 2008, 5:21 GMT

    Wow gotta love that qualifier; "...in a technical sense, an excellent umpire..." pretty much sums up the situation doesn't it? Sadly Hair is a bit like one of those players who are full of skill and potential but, due to their attitude, never realise their full potential. If only he were able to let go of his prejudices and sense of self-importance... but I'm not holding my breath.

  • POSTED BY blueMan on | March 19, 2008, 5:14 GMT

    This is so wrong. Because of him the oval test was disrupted. He penalized pakistan of something which they never did. Paqkistan did the right thing not to come to field but the victory was darell hair's as it was considered as pakistan forfieted the game. Pakistan wanted to play the game had hair was not making wrong use of his power. Even Billy Doctrove did not come to support him for the hearing. Did you forget when he said he was fined because he was not dark skinned. Whatever. He was able to fix the oval test and because of him only pakistan lost the match. Slowly but surely one day all the subcontinent team will break away from ICC. ICC should take strict action against people who bring the game into disrepute. ECB should have fined Hair for losing the revenue for 5th day play. His name should be erased from record books. What he did was equivalent of match fixing. But as we know ICC never does anything against the people who malign the name of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Lookman on | March 19, 2008, 4:32 GMT

    What is this, i do not think that any team will have any more faith in this man especially Pakistan, India Srilanka,WI and BANGLADESH, and surly they have a point to object, look out for his descisions against these teams..... Very Poor Descision, ICC, or should i say "One more Poor Descision...."

  • POSTED BY Chez62 on | March 19, 2008, 3:18 GMT

    Why is it that the Indians and the Pakistani's seem to have the right to pick and chose the umpires who officiate in their games? Or is it that hte ICC is toothless?

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 19, 2008, 1:31 GMT

    I am very happy that ICC has shown guts by reinstating Darell Hair. Cricket has taken a disgusting turn with ICC bowing to pressure from BCCI and PCB removing umpires Darell hair,Steve Bucknor when it did not suit them. However,reinstatement of Darell Hair NOW is after the fact. ICC should have stood up ethically for Cricket,BCCI and PCB be damned. Let ICC show more guts by appointing Steve Bucknor for the South African series against india, IN INDIA.

  • POSTED BY Thurai on | March 19, 2008, 1:12 GMT

    I think Darrel Hair should be given another chance to stand for international cricket. However, there could be a subtle ego in the form of anger against Asian test playing nations due to what happened to him. Hence, without any further ado, he should umpire only in mathches not involving Asian teams.

  • POSTED BY frednork on | March 19, 2008, 0:45 GMT

    without knowing EXACTLY what happened during that match, i would have to say I agree with Hair's decision to abandon the match - he followed the rules and was hung out to dry. Therefore I see no reason as to why he should not be reinstated. The umpire is the adjudicator on the field. If in his opinion, the ball was tampered with, he does not seek out the captains opinion on the matter (after all, no teams apart from aust, want the umpires to seek out the captains opinion on catches). Same with calling a bowler for throwing. The match was abandoned when Inzy and his team refused to take the field in protest to his decision, if anything Inzy should have been suspended! so, did he make the right decision - that is open for endless debate, but if an umpire will be removed for making a wrong decision, then they are not going to make any decisions at all. ICC, stand up for your umpires - without them we dont have a game!

  • POSTED BY ramarama on | March 19, 2008, 0:37 GMT

    The ICC have no choice. He has been the best in the business. Hearty welcome Darrell! He was suspended for doing his job well. Many senior, so called the best umpires perform miserably and get away scot free.

  • POSTED BY ashishedwin on | March 18, 2008, 22:24 GMT

    I thing it is the right decision he has already been paid for whatever he did. Now he is back which is correct as he should be given a chance to proof that he is not wrong.

  • POSTED BY inzi_yousaf on | March 18, 2008, 21:57 GMT

    I think he should not be allowed to officiate in even club level matches since he is completely biased towards asian countries as his track record clearly speaks of. Having him in the elite panel humiliates the word "eite" itself. He is a disgrace to fairness and neutrality, traits most important to be am umpire.

  • POSTED BY dineshasanka on | March 18, 2008, 21:36 GMT

    I strongly beleive he is the best umpire in the circut. He always stand up with his own decision. We, asian may not like him because of the controvalsial decisions he has made against Murali and Pakistan.

    But his on field decision are best for me.

  • POSTED BY blackending on | March 18, 2008, 21:34 GMT

    an umpire is supposed to be above suspicion by anyone but with hair that is not the case he was wrong in saying the pakistanis tampered the ball and he should be banned period.we have 2 many umpires who think they r given the license to do whatever they want on the field or not to do on the field this should be stopped at once they take the game to ransom and we dont need such umpires. hair has always been an umpire who does very much what he chooses to do without any proof and expects the icc to rescue him.sad to see icc being bullied by all and what happens if india or pakistan say we wont play when hair is the umpire as they did against steve bucknor or will icc just keep hair away from the subcontinent teams.

  • POSTED BY mrshams on | March 18, 2008, 20:45 GMT

    I think in the end ICC made the right point here. Mr.Hair is best still in the ICC list and ofcourse best in the game today. He shuld be standing in the game long time ago. What ever he did in the Ovel test was accoding to the cricket laws. He did not broke any rule of the game. If PCB have any issue thats there problume. Thay shuld follow the ICC cood of conduct. Evey one shuld respect the law of the game and the rules of ICC. No one is above the Law. I love to see Hair standing in as umpire in ODI and Test cricket both. Good wishes for Hair. Rashid Shams USA

  • POSTED BY Arshad_Jamal on | March 18, 2008, 20:29 GMT

    I am disappointed by the reinstatement of Darrell Hair. No more light needn't be shed on this matter. Its tough to make a comment on this matter and also abide by the posting guidelines at the same time. Looks like Mr. Speed has done last favor to his mate.

  • POSTED BY akshaytheman on | March 18, 2008, 20:27 GMT

    What a shame this is. ICC are falling short of their own standards. They haven't got enough umpires and that's why they are not getting rid of useless one's like Buknor, benson and hair. I think ICC should quit this arena and leave it to IPL to lead the cricket world. :)

  • POSTED BY apal3 on | March 18, 2008, 19:48 GMT

    Absolute crap! Still glad though that most probably his contract won't be extended and it better not be.

  • POSTED BY tendulkar_genius on | March 18, 2008, 19:25 GMT

    this is the biggest mistake that the ICC have made ever, he obviously has a problem with the subcontinent teams because whenever there is a problem where he was involved there was always a sub continent team involved, i dont think he is fit enough to umpire major international matches.

  • POSTED BY ghandi on | March 18, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    darrel hair will be just another distraction from the game of cricket,the icc should admit that the finger has been raised,and hair is out,the mans crediability has been shredded ,which asian country is going to be comfortable playing under this umpire,his attitude towards asian countries doesnot bode well for the game of cricket and can only cause discontent.the icc elite umpiring panel should be overhauled ,showing some responsiability towards equity.

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | March 18, 2008, 18:55 GMT

    It's ok that Hair is back - enough punishment for the way he handled the situation. But this should not give a signal to umps like Bucknor and Mike Deness - especially as their umpiring careers were done in by downright ineffectiveness in their profession.

  • POSTED BY Bodie on | March 18, 2008, 18:42 GMT

    He should never have been removed from his position. He was doing his job to the best of his ability,the stinkys were caught out and he copped it sweet. I.C.C. ( India Controls Cricket ) cant take the heat.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | March 18, 2008, 18:19 GMT

    If it had been India rather than Pakistan who were on the receiving end of his (what I will generously describe as) incompetence over the Oval fiasco, he would never have umpired another match. Darrell Hair is one of those umpires who seems to think the public is there to see him rather than the two teams, and also appears to think that he's bigger than the game. Unfortunately the ICC's decision will only confirm the latter belief. If he umpires at the top level again, I reckon we can expect more unwanted controversies before he finally steps down.

  • POSTED BY libero on | March 18, 2008, 18:17 GMT

    I think that the ICC have probably made the right decision. They have managed to not alienate the other elite umpires, who may now feel more secure in making tough decisions. And considering that only one year remains on his contract a decision regarding his long-term future never has to be taken.

  • POSTED BY captainjamieuk on | March 18, 2008, 18:01 GMT

    Given some of the "lapses" in umpiring standards recently I am glad to see Darrell Hair back. What is the statement from the ICC that you mention? I'd like to see the wording for myself.

  • POSTED BY Jensen on | March 18, 2008, 16:42 GMT

    Hell yes!!! Hair is a very compentant umpire. He made a decision that the ICC paid him to do and the PCB threw the teddy out of the pram. I hated to see Hair the political whipping boy for all to see... maybe the ICC should stop sucking up to the finacial big boys in this sport.

  • POSTED BY rshome on | March 18, 2008, 16:21 GMT

    Oh dear the subcontinent are not going to like that!

    The only good umpire is Simon Taufel, the rest are shocking!

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | March 18, 2008, 16:18 GMT

    It was a ridiculous decision to put him under rehabilitation in the first place. Rehabilitate from what exactly? It's Inzamam-ul Huq, the PCB, Malcolm Speed and the ICC who were in dire need of rehabilitation in the wake of the oval fiasco. Mr. Hair who is one of the best umpires in the world right now possesses the best quality and the utmost requirement for a judge, he tells it like he sees it. It's teams wanting favours have problem with him and it's sad that he was treated in the manner he was. I hope he officiates in matches ASAP and that his contract is renewed. Because he did nothing wrong for which he deserved any punishment and then non-renewal of contract.

  • POSTED BY iamnotfreezing on | March 18, 2008, 15:42 GMT

    This is interesting! I thought we had heard the last of Darrell Hair. It is clear that this chap doesn't deserve to umpire at the highest level. He has issue and grudges, which can not be resolved from a "rehab program". The international cricketing scene has done well without him, I can not see why there would be a need to have him back. Maybe it is ICC doing a "good will" for spoiling his career. Either way as a cricket and supporter I would be hesitant to have him umpire a game. It would be good if the ICC did the right thing and push him into retirement for good. Vishwas

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  • POSTED BY iamnotfreezing on | March 18, 2008, 15:42 GMT

    This is interesting! I thought we had heard the last of Darrell Hair. It is clear that this chap doesn't deserve to umpire at the highest level. He has issue and grudges, which can not be resolved from a "rehab program". The international cricketing scene has done well without him, I can not see why there would be a need to have him back. Maybe it is ICC doing a "good will" for spoiling his career. Either way as a cricket and supporter I would be hesitant to have him umpire a game. It would be good if the ICC did the right thing and push him into retirement for good. Vishwas

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | March 18, 2008, 16:18 GMT

    It was a ridiculous decision to put him under rehabilitation in the first place. Rehabilitate from what exactly? It's Inzamam-ul Huq, the PCB, Malcolm Speed and the ICC who were in dire need of rehabilitation in the wake of the oval fiasco. Mr. Hair who is one of the best umpires in the world right now possesses the best quality and the utmost requirement for a judge, he tells it like he sees it. It's teams wanting favours have problem with him and it's sad that he was treated in the manner he was. I hope he officiates in matches ASAP and that his contract is renewed. Because he did nothing wrong for which he deserved any punishment and then non-renewal of contract.

  • POSTED BY rshome on | March 18, 2008, 16:21 GMT

    Oh dear the subcontinent are not going to like that!

    The only good umpire is Simon Taufel, the rest are shocking!

  • POSTED BY Jensen on | March 18, 2008, 16:42 GMT

    Hell yes!!! Hair is a very compentant umpire. He made a decision that the ICC paid him to do and the PCB threw the teddy out of the pram. I hated to see Hair the political whipping boy for all to see... maybe the ICC should stop sucking up to the finacial big boys in this sport.

  • POSTED BY captainjamieuk on | March 18, 2008, 18:01 GMT

    Given some of the "lapses" in umpiring standards recently I am glad to see Darrell Hair back. What is the statement from the ICC that you mention? I'd like to see the wording for myself.

  • POSTED BY libero on | March 18, 2008, 18:17 GMT

    I think that the ICC have probably made the right decision. They have managed to not alienate the other elite umpires, who may now feel more secure in making tough decisions. And considering that only one year remains on his contract a decision regarding his long-term future never has to be taken.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | March 18, 2008, 18:19 GMT

    If it had been India rather than Pakistan who were on the receiving end of his (what I will generously describe as) incompetence over the Oval fiasco, he would never have umpired another match. Darrell Hair is one of those umpires who seems to think the public is there to see him rather than the two teams, and also appears to think that he's bigger than the game. Unfortunately the ICC's decision will only confirm the latter belief. If he umpires at the top level again, I reckon we can expect more unwanted controversies before he finally steps down.

  • POSTED BY Bodie on | March 18, 2008, 18:42 GMT

    He should never have been removed from his position. He was doing his job to the best of his ability,the stinkys were caught out and he copped it sweet. I.C.C. ( India Controls Cricket ) cant take the heat.

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | March 18, 2008, 18:55 GMT

    It's ok that Hair is back - enough punishment for the way he handled the situation. But this should not give a signal to umps like Bucknor and Mike Deness - especially as their umpiring careers were done in by downright ineffectiveness in their profession.

  • POSTED BY ghandi on | March 18, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    darrel hair will be just another distraction from the game of cricket,the icc should admit that the finger has been raised,and hair is out,the mans crediability has been shredded ,which asian country is going to be comfortable playing under this umpire,his attitude towards asian countries doesnot bode well for the game of cricket and can only cause discontent.the icc elite umpiring panel should be overhauled ,showing some responsiability towards equity.