September 10, 2006

Umpires

Hair breaks silence to hit back at critics

George Binoy

Darrell Hair, the umpire at the centre of cricket's biggest controversy since Bodyline more than 70 years ago, has broken his silence to hit back at those critics who have condemned his role in the Pakistan ball-tampering affair. Bill Day speaks to Darrell Hair for The Mail on Sunday.

"It really upsets me when people describe me as racist, because they have no idea how I spent my childhood and how that shaped my beliefs in adult life. How can people judge me to have prejudices when I went to school in Australia alongside Chinese children, Hungarian refugees and all manner of other nationalities?

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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