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Hair today, gone in a year

Kamran Abbasi
Darrell Hair in action during the WCL final as his name again makes the news, Kenya v Scotland, World Cricket League final, Nairobi, February 7, 2007
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It is the time of year for resurrections and Darrell Hair has risen again to delight his supporters and spread fear and anger among his enemies. What Hair's rehabilitation programme involved requires greater explanation from the ICC? But the decision to reinstate him has certainly reinforced the persecutory complex of Pakistan cricket.

I am sure Hair's reinstatement will be justified by some high principle but there is an alternative explanation. Hair is a habitual litigant. Pakistan have little international cricket over the next year, at the end of which Hair's contract runs out. From an employer's perspective it is far cleaner and more convenient to let the contract run its natural course instead of spending the next few years fighting a nasty legal case.

Any self-respecting CEO--be he a Speed or a Patel- would prefer the exit of least litigation. Mr Hair's return to elite umpiring, therefore, is more cop-out than conspiracy.

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Posted by Zeal on (December 23, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

Your asnewr was just what I needed. It's made my day!

Posted by rext on (March 23, 2008, 4:38 GMT)

For Javed A Khan. Just for your edification I am married to an Asian woman, are you married to a Caucasian one? I've travelled extensively through Asia, have you? Yes Pauline Hanson was a racist narrow-minded moron, (not unlike many of the bloggers on this site) and I and the overwhelming majority of Australians were embarassed by her ignorant nationalistic nonsense. You are very quick to become aggressive and abusive to anyone who makes points you can't counter but that's always typical of a small person of no real consequence. And here's a very simple explanation (which it must be for him!)for poor Philip John Joseph who's definition of blackmail differs from those of us with even a minimum of education. Hair requested payment of $500,000 to agree to early termination of his contract, a very common event between employers and employees in developed societies. Any more fools with backward jingoistic rubbish they want shot down in flames??

Posted by Andy on (March 22, 2008, 19:55 GMT)

Indeed the reinstatement and its timing does seem specifically set as a way too find a method to make Darrel Hair go away with as little drama as reasonably possible . Given that Hair only has one year left on his contract the ICC have probably tried to work it so in his final year, they minimise any possible chance that Hair will find himself umpiring in a situation which any of his decisions could be interpreted as racially driven hence he is likely to fulfill it in 'safe' Test series such as that involving England and New Zealand and into a quite retirement. All in all this looks to me like a classic case of the 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude that the ICC seems to prefer in dealing with all its shortcomings and until the ICC chooses to take the bull by the horns not just on Mr Hair's case but on issues like Zimbabwe, funding for developing the game of cricket and so forth then we are lost.

Posted by Philip John Joseph on (March 22, 2008, 17:11 GMT)

Pascal Edwonter:

I see you have ignored the fact that Hair tried to blackmail the ICC for 500,000 US dollars. Are we to conclude then, that Aussies and other Hair supporters, believe that the only good umpires around are those that try to blackmail the ICC? If that is your position, then please don't expect anyone to take your assertion that Hair is a good umpire with anything but a pinch of salt. Furthermore, since you seem to find Taufel to be of a similar standard to Hair, the "rest of us" will have to keep an eye on Taufel for the kind of bad character exemplified by Darrell Hair when Hair tried to blackmail the ICC.

Posted by raji on (March 22, 2008, 15:50 GMT)

Good news Ooops LOL:P i mean bad news for Pakistanis Now SL is postponing tour to Pak cos of IPL. Money Power BCCI;) and same is happening in industries too I guess

Posted by Travis on (March 22, 2008, 13:41 GMT)

Javed A Khan:

Your entirely unfounded accusation that rext is or was a Pauline Hanson supporter is delicious in it's irony. So the fact that he disagrees with you about a cricket umpire makes him automatically representative of the worst aspects of his country? Is that what you're saying?

Where is Pauline Hanson now? Nowhere. Her xenophobism is no more. It was rightfully and resoundingly voted out by the Aussie public. She's gone.

Meanwhile, Osama Bin Laden hides out somewhere on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and suicide bombers run riot in your country.

Mote in ones own eye and all that...

Posted by JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on (March 22, 2008, 13:25 GMT)

Before Kamran implements Godwin's Law on this blog and closes this thread, I would like to say a few more words to the supporters of Duh Hair. How can they justify his kidnapping the match and then demanding $500,000 ransom as legal? (..oops I mean forfeiting the match and then "requesting" for some compensation as retiring money!) Within the parameters of the ICC laws which allows the umpire to penalize the bowling side with 5 runs i.e., IF and only if he is 100% sure about his "doubts" but, before doing so he must consult the other umpire (which he willfully and thoughtfully did) also, must inform the fielding captain (deliberately and rudely he snubbed him) also, must prove and justify his action to the match referee, where he failed. Forfeiting the match was reportedly done within the framework of the so-called law only by bending and twisting it. In reality the ugly decision was neither in good faith nor, in the spirit of the game, or for the welfare of any, it was a malicious intent designed to destroy and damage the image of Pakistan cricket. Funny thing is, when he demanded the ransom money from his masters only then he was tried, tested, proven guilty, convicted and reportedly sentenced for life? But, no one actually knew the mysterious details of his punishment. Now, he is pardoned because of the colour of his Hair and reinstated with honours, a fine print has been added to his acquittal report, that he will not be officiating against Pakistan! This is like a 'stay-away order' for a stalker or a criminal with past record only to defuse the current situation temporarily. As regards the future, I like what srivathsan said, 'there is no surety he will retire at the end of his term.' Likewise, there is no surety he will not officiate against Pakistan. Finally, on the comment that, "you suspend a cashier on stealing money." No, you don't suspend, you fire a cashier and when he is proved guilty, he is sentenced and jailed and never gets the job of a cashier ever again in any organization. This is funny, here he is pardoned and reinstated to work for the same organization that renews his "License to Kill." Because, he is "Hair Bond." And, for the ICC taking this bold decision to reinstate him, one must say: "Hair Hitler!"

Posted by Faridoon on (March 22, 2008, 7:24 GMT)

As a Pakistani, I have no issues with Hair making on-field decisions (and I may be alone)like deducting five runs or calling a game forfeited. Its his job to officiate matches as per laws of the game as he interprets and applies them. Like all human umpires he may have made a mistake; still no issues. Some have called sticking to his decision "standing his ground"; fair enough.

But how is the underhanded request for half a million bucks in return for quietly slipping away from the game "standing his ground"?

Once again at the risk of being the sole Pakistani to think so, I hope he does officiate in a Pakistan game, i.e., if Pakistan ever get to play an internat'l game. Imagine the pressure he'll be put under for once again umpiring the team that rendered him requiring rehab!

Darrell, I hope your rehab with "Unscrupulous Umpires Anonymous" helped you. Can you imagine a session, "Hello my name is Darrell, and I haven't called any asians for ball-tampering for eight months."

Posted by Pascal Edwonter on (March 22, 2008, 5:24 GMT)

Atleast ONE COMPETENT Umpire besides TAUFEL was the need of the hour. Hair is back. Thats good news

Posted by DNS on (March 21, 2008, 20:24 GMT)

Wow..reading the comments was way more interesting that the post or perhaps even the issue at hand!! Thanks folks for all entertainment..anyone from Bollywood reading this..perhaps you have your next superhit storyline!! They say sledging should be banned in cricket..when from the comfort of our homes many people indulge in personal mudslinging..imagine in the heat of a cricket battle !!

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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