Politics March 18, 2008

Hair today, gone in a year

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
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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.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Zeal on December 23, 2011, 19:46 GMT

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

  • 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??

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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!"

  • 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."

  • 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

  • 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 !!

  • Zeal on December 23, 2011, 19:46 GMT

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

  • 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??

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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!"

  • 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."

  • 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

  • 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 !!

  • Q-man on March 21, 2008, 19:36 GMT

    I am disgusted by the uglyness of this whole debate. It was just a matter of incompetence of an umpire & ICC. His return is in no means an insult to Pakistan ( as many of my Indian friends are implying)He is not allowed to officiate Match involving Pakistan, it is like suspending a Cashier on charges of stealing cash and when reinstated assigend to a department where he is not allowed handle CASH.Thats how I see it. As for all the Aussie friends: It is an irony that in a debate like this you tend to show your True Colors ( Bigotry )while claiming to be a member of a civilised and progresissive society.

  • Philip John Joseph on March 21, 2008, 18:42 GMT

    Saptarshi, rext and all other pathetic supporters of Darrell Hair:

    The only passport or travel document I have ever held is one issued by the Republic of India.

    Saptarshi, do you want to talk about Darrell Hair or the NBA? The average salary in the NBA has now crossed five million US Dollars. The BCCI and the IPL are rubbish. Anyway, the current topic is Darrell Hair, so try to deal with the fact that the other threads got closed and it's time to move on to the next thread, Saptarshi.

    Darrell Hair tried to blackmail the ICC for 500,000 US Dollars. Darrell Hair, therefore, is a disreputable as well as incompetent ignoramus who couldn't tell cricket from baseball, even if he had a PhD in the subject.

    Can the supporters of Darrell Hair please explain why trying to blackmail the ICC is acceptable behaviour for an umpire? I would really like to know the "reasoning" behind such a position. Aussies are especially welcome in defending Hair's pathetic attempt at blackmail.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 21, 2008, 14:48 GMT

    rext, You must be one of the admirers of Pauline Hanson to talk like her. Here is her famous quote: " I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate." Wow, that is some great comments from a great white Australian lady. You are proudly saying, "Hair has got the courage to uphold the laws of the game .." it is only a fraction of the law that he thought he was implementing and that too rudely, the rest of it i.e., to show respect, humility, communicate with clarity, display impartiality, show mannerism are also a part of the law and a prerequisite for any umpire, that he never displayed against any non-white cricket playing nation. Because, like you he too believed in that Hanson philosophy. If the rules are so important they can be implement by a robot or a machine, then why is there so much need of a human umpire? Besides, why do you care so much about his umpiring standards, he never stands against Australia in any case.

  • Syed Hassaan Ahmed on March 21, 2008, 14:38 GMT

    Sad moment for cricket as that God damn racist would have been banned for his life. Bucknor had been a much greater servant to cricket, but guess what... Indian money rocks!, and I'm clearly seeing these hypocrite Indians supporting Hair's reinstatement. Hair did silly mistakes on several occasions, Bucknor did it much fewer than him. It will take decades, and 10 times more talent for the Indians to beat Australia without money power.

  • S Fernanado on March 21, 2008, 12:52 GMT

    If Pakistan and Banglastan wants third class umpires then thats their problem, but the reat of us want the best and the elite umpires.

    S Fernando Sri Lanka

  • Aussie Rocker Rocks on March 21, 2008, 12:15 GMT

    Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) at March 20, 2008 4:17 AM says FOR THE RECORD: Pakistan has two umpires on the ICC Elite Panel: Aleem Dar (the best umpire in the world) and Asad Rauf (the second best umpire in the world) ... so you got your facts all wrong stephen

    Hey Mate if those 2 umpires are the best in world then you forgot 1)Pakistan has the best bowler in world Sohail Tanvir 2)Best wicketkeepr in world : akmal 3)Best batsman in the world :Faisal iqbal 4) Best spinner in the world : Shoaib malik 5) Best captain in world : Shoaib malik and last not but not the least BEST TEAM In the world Pakistan LOL:P I mean mate come on if Rauf and DAR are best in world ,whats wrong with the rest;) Righto buddy LMAO

  • Rauf on March 21, 2008, 12:02 GMT

    To stuart

    "its a cheap way of tryig to hide a teams failings, u cant imagine and english team accusing an umpire of bing unfair if they were accused of ball tampering?"

    You sure about that stuart? Just imagine if Asad Rauf or Aleem Dar (Both Pak umpires) accused Ponting and co of ball tampering and calling them cheats. Both of them already get enough harrasment from Aussies for even plump lbw calls let alone serious accusations. Forget about being barred... they will be hung by biased Aussie media in the middle of the pitch.

    I don't personally know Hair so I am not going to judge him on anything other then his decisions on the pitch. And he has been consistently biased against SC teams. I don't care if he is braught back by ICC as I don't see ethics having any place in cricket these days... funny money is shouting the loudest.

  • Ashish Rana on March 21, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    Why criticise a correct decsion which is fair. A good umpire has been reinstated and no one is complainig except the Pakistanis which is understandable. As it is evident , the Pakistanis dont have much cricket scheduled over next one year so it wont matter to them. On top of it,Australia is also not touring ,so the amount of Cricket played by Pakistan in this year that Hair will be officiating leaves no scope for officiating any Pakistani matches. So why is everyone so worried.

  • arun on March 21, 2008, 5:29 GMT

    lets not get too much carried away by this decision . every person deseverves a chance and thats what he got and not a life time achievement . dont rant and rave about the past . every year we are in a new world of cricket . lets criticize not be jungemental .

  • Subodh on March 21, 2008, 3:39 GMT

    Hmmm one more blooper from the ICC but honestly was it not entirely expected? True the asian countries are flexing their muscles and making their presence felt on the world cricketing community after years of cowing down to "white" cricketing world which used to call the shots...why was it not an issue then? This is now not the time to discuss the hows and whys but to see what can be done to prevent similar issues in future. Its not about who the umpire is but how good they are and if they desrerve their place in a panel that is termed "elite" . Lets not be parochial and pass judgement based on our national loyalties but evaluate the best and put them in the panel only IF they are truly elite !! Poor umpires are poor umpires irrespective of the color of their skin...who can forget the plight of every touring batsam in Pakistan in the pre-neutral days?? Every single one was just one finger away from the pavilion at any time of his innings . So can we trust to ICC to be sensible ??

  • Saptarshi on March 21, 2008, 3:27 GMT

    Joseph john philips and javad khan, I do understand your patriotic zeal for Pakistan,which is great. But sometimes its better to talk sense than nonsense. As already stated he is not going to officiate pakistan matches and besides he just has another few months. So i do not see any controversies arising now. Also I think IPL is good for the game as already endorsed by Richie Benaud and many other greats og the game. What Kamran Abbasi thinks is hardly of any consequence. The reasons for them to be tough on ICL is simple. They are just trying to avoid the pitfalls of world series cricket in the 70's. As far as money, yes they are still smaller compared to NBA but then much larger compared to Rugby league, Australia Rules footy and many more events. As far as NBA statistics, I am not completely sure about the data given by some. For a country (usa) with major debts to clear and a wobbling economy it sounds unreasonable to pay a bench player 2 million dollars.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on March 21, 2008, 0:46 GMT

    It's been ages since I last wrote here but geez. I just couldn't hold back. What is our beloved country coming to ? I can't believe that Nasim Ashraf, the worst thing to have E V E R happened to Pakistan cricket, is still around. It boils my blood, it really does. Not cause he's an incompetent moron. Not cause he's incapable of representing us at the international level. Not cause ever since his arrival, we've become the laughing stock of world cricket. But primarily because this was the time when our country needed him to take a stand. And if that wasn't a pragmatic possibility, (considering our precarious situation) he should have at least explicitly and boldly castigated the ICC decision to reinstate Hair. Instead we get a bullcrap diplomatic response from the chairman. Nasim Ashraf is a disease, one that continues to kill our pride, our reputation, our image and not to mention our cricket on the global stage. Argh. Damn him.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 21, 2008, 0:32 GMT

    The ICC General Manager Dave Richardson said: "The ICC had initially lost confidence in Hair because of a perceived lack of skill in communication with players. His manner might have shown he was arrogant and insensitive. Once you realise that you can take steps to make sure that you don’t give that perception.” What a load of cow manure! Apart from technical skills the most important aspect for any umpire to officiate a game is his ability to communicate with the players and that too, decently in the right spirit of the game with proper etiquette, mannerism and clarity. Richardson is saying that, Hair might have shown arrogance and insensitiveness towards the players and once you realize that its only a matter of perception i.e., otherwise he is a very good person. My foot! How can they chew the cud and blab such words to justify their own decisions assuming that everyone else is a fool and believe in whatever they say? How can one ignore the racism comment? How can anyone accept that calling a whole nation as "cheats" is OK and acceptable? May be Richardson is used to such racial abuse because of the fact that where he is coming from it is an acceptable way of life to deal with racism. Hair himself sued the ICC that he is a victim of racial bias by citing the example of Billy Doctrove the other umpire who was not held equally responsible for forfeiting the match. But, we all know who the real culprit is. The irony is you reward a culprit and bow down to his unethical and unjustifiable demands. Obviously then you make a fool out of yourself.

  • bepositive on March 20, 2008, 22:03 GMT

    We get a constant source of negative stuff that it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Hair has not killed or hurt anyone. He desrved to be in the elite panel after going thru rehab. Inziman and Pak cricket have themselves to blame. It is always the next door neighbour or someone outside isn't it. Kamran your writtings are always negative. Write something positive.

  • tonyp on March 20, 2008, 21:15 GMT

    Hair might be a habitual litigant but in no other international sport is the treatment of on-field officials so haphazard, arbitrary and slip-shod. It beggars belief that Hair and Bucknor were turned into pariahs. Should they escape censure for bad performance? No, but they certainly shouldn't be stood down because one team asks it. The officials are supposed to arbitrate the game. If you don't like that system, DON"T PLAY!

  • Martin Hook on March 20, 2008, 21:02 GMT

    Javed A Khan, who was posting most racial hateful biased writing on this blog till yesterday( remember cow dung etc.) has suddenly turned anti-racial crusader overnight as it suits him to make some points against reinsattement of Hair. What is it with this blog that even the most common sense based decisions are coming under attack day after day.

  • stuart on March 20, 2008, 20:48 GMT

    isnt it great, every country on non-subcontinent says hair is a good quality umpire who plays by the fairly and by the guidelines.

    every man and his dog on the subconitent says he is a racist and a cheat. the fact is, he told pakistan something they could accpt and the only excuse they had for his reasons for blaming them is racism.

    its a cheap way of tryig to hide a teams failings, u cant imagine and english team accusing an umpire of bing unfair if they were accused of ball tampering?

    i tihnk the racists in this situaion are the people making claims not the person receiving them.

  • Rajendra kumar on March 20, 2008, 18:04 GMT

    Ramiz Raja said "The decision of Hair's recall shows Pakistan's lack of presence at international forums ... It shows that the international community is ready to walk over Pakistan whenever they want." Ramiz Raja has realised the truth. Now its time Javed Khan did too and others of course;). Truth hurts and this is truth of world affairs and cricket world as of today.

  • Raza on March 20, 2008, 14:34 GMT

    I think we need to dispel the myth about Hair being a good umpire. A strong (and stubborn) umpire does not necessarily mean a good umpire. His decision making has left a lot to be desired in recent times. During the Pakistan England series played in Pakistan, he made some absolute howlers, mostly against Pakistan - even the England commentators were embarrassed. This was compounded when Pakistan toured England the following summer. On the firtst day at Headingley, I went to watch and my phone could not stop ringing - it was my father informing me of yet another plethora of appalling decisions. Kevin Pieterson had three lives that day and went on to play a match winning innings. This is just one example of many I could cite after watching Hair. The fact of the matter is he is and has been a bad umpire for some time. Taufel, Dar and Bucknor are streets ahead of him. The fact that the vast majority of his poor decisions go against certain teams only adds to the bitterness. Even the ICC and many of his supporters say that he gets the majority of decisions correct - this means over half - not really saying much is it folks!

  • Rohit on March 20, 2008, 13:59 GMT

    Stephen, wow!! That takes some leap of imagination. Concluding about "Asian society" from the number of umpires on the Elite panel!! What a stretch!! I won’t dignify such crassness with any defense, but I will say this. Don't think Asians need lessons from a society that has probably instigated the only successful genocide of modern times, The Australian aborigines.

  • Qamar on March 20, 2008, 13:14 GMT

    I am amazed why people call Hair competent when we fully well seen he doesn't even know the 'run out' rule - remember Inzi's run out.... or for matter rule on 'running on the pitch' - anyone remeber warning to Salman Butt? I am glad he went through re-habilitation and may me wiser, but he IS NOT A COMPETENT UMPIRE that we should be proud of and celebrate. Anyone can make mistakes, and what I have pointed out above are not mistakes - it's a lack of knowledge about the fundamental rules of the game - and I AM SICK OF PEOPLE CALLING HIM COMPETENT!!! And unfortunately people who believe he is only here for one year are also NAIIVE. He is here to stay and can only be kicked out if he gets on the wrong side of India - face the facts - ICC isn't gonna do anything for Pakistan!

  • Travis on March 20, 2008, 12:29 GMT

    Posted by: john at March 19, 2008 4:13 AM

    "Hair is also a consummate racist. i remember Inzamam mentioning in an interview that Hair said that the Pakistanis appeal like monkeys. Maybe he can get Symonds to write the preface of his tedious memoirs - if Symonds can write, that is."

    Oh, the irony...

    So if Hair used the word "monkey" that makes him a "consummate racist"?

    How do you know that Inzamam didn't mishear what Hair said? Hair might only have said that the Pakistani's appeal like "tera maaki's".

  • Captain Swing on March 20, 2008, 12:25 GMT

    As an ubiased neutral Englishman, I'm normally in favour of treating the umpire's decision as final, because it avoids a descent into argumentative chaos. But in this case Pakistan were right in every respect, including the decision to raise the ante by refusing to resume play.

    The fact is that Hair and Doctrove had no grounds for their decision, and the TV camera evidence that they were wrong is pretty convincing.

    It was not just a 'mistake', because it was not a decision (like an lbw or a faint edge) that they had to take. Whichever way you look at it, they decided to accuse the Pakistan team of cheating for no very good reason.

    I'm with G Boycott - Hair is not fit to umpire at that level because of his attitude to players.

  • awais on March 20, 2008, 11:20 GMT

    keep that cheater away from cricket. The fool thinks he is bigger then cricket. its a big mistake to have him back

  • anand on March 20, 2008, 9:08 GMT

    After reading comments from some blog posters, it is clear that people are taking a partial view of the matter. Some fans are preaching to the Asian supporters that we keep whining about umpiring and stuff. Guys, take a chill pill. Its not a matter to whine, but its high time to point out the discriminatory policies propagated by ICC, obviously the countries on the receiving end are the ones from sub-continent. Simply because so called great and professional australian batsmen were terrorized by Shoaib Akhtar or bamboozled by the great Murlitharan, you guys chose to designate them as chuckers. Its a clear indication of sickening minds. As far as hair is concerned, in my personal opinion, had he been from sub-continent, he would never have been re-instated. I urge everyone to keep race, countries etc out of cricket and give respect to professionalism. One who commits grave mistakes should be penalized, irrespective of how much clout he or the concerned cricket board has.

  • srivathsan on March 20, 2008, 8:55 GMT

    Everybody is thinking that hair term will end in a year or so & he will not be in the scene again .Can any one be sure about it ?The chances are that his contract will be renewed again under the pretext that there is a shortage of QUALITY UMPIRES.If speed were to be there I would have said YES right now.Let us wait & see.

  • Waqqas - Melbourne on March 20, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    I was almost anticipating this article Mr.Abbasi. Hair is renowned not merely for his umpiring decisions but his obnoxious approach towards the Asian sides particularly Pak and SL. Notwithstanding the fact that he is – probably- not going to adjudicate in a Pak match; this ICC act adds further credence to racism against Pak. I do not refute that Inzi’s approach in that match was an apparent contradiction to the ICC regulations but perhaps the tyranny of these rules is only applicable to the Asians. I rather regard that audacious decision of ‘refusal to play’ as his career highlight where he rightfully stood for himself and Pak – a country which has been portrayed as a hatred-galore by most of the Aussies and this brunt has pushed the cricket future to anachronism. Albeit being an outright Pak supporter, I was exceptionally impressed with the recent BCCI stand for India – surely they have the monetary authority to overrule certain matters but they had the mettle to do it. I deem Hair’s

  • rext on March 20, 2008, 7:11 GMT

    Yes Hair's abrasive, but a damn good umpire. Now if only you could arrange to have the other 39 convictions of Pakistani players (second only to that other hypocritical great bastion of self righteousness India's 46) for unsportsmanlike behaviour wiped out you could truly claim to be pure. Your cricket's a mess, your Country's a mess and anyone who says so is immediately called a racist by people on this blog who have a whacky view of reality. Hair's got the courage to uphold the laws of the game as they apply in the eyes of the officiating Umpire and you have the temerity, arrogance and racism to condemn him for that. Emotional instability and a predisposition for hysteria seem rife in Pakistan and on this blog. Your "pride" is irrelevant when compared to integrity, and respect must be earned not demanded. If you are the laughing stock of World Cricket, ask yourselves why and don't just shoot the messenger!

  • AussieRocker on March 20, 2008, 7:09 GMT

    Wats so wrong in re-instating Darell Hair? He may be controversial but at least, he ain't a hypocrite. Inzy and Paki boys were cleared of ball tampering coz of the pressure exerted by the PCB and its 'saviour' big bro BCCI. It is a well knwn fact that most Pak fast bowlers indulged in ball tampering thru years and it was admitted by yer 'Lord Almighty' Imran khan himself. Hair's a lesser evil compared to Imran, Akram, Waqar, Shoaib-Asif (drug addicts) n ilk. At least Warne dropped out of WC stating the truth compared to the ridiculous excuses put forth by the incumbent PCB n Akhtar-Asif duo. Pak cricket remains in the pertual mess, as it has always been in. N then we have Pak fans, frm all over the world (including one from Montreal who perceives himself as the one n only expert in all matters of life), whinging bout the ill-treatment n bias shown towards their cricketers. Matey, you all need to grw up n focus on real issues like terrorism n stuff.

  • Sir Donald on March 20, 2008, 6:07 GMT

    Funny how everything is someone else's fault on the subcontinent. Everyone else is racist and cheats just to hurt Pakistan. What rubbish. Shut up and play the game for once. This is not politics, this is cricket. Idiots.

  • jackhayden45@yahoo.com on March 20, 2008, 4:54 GMT

    Shoaib Akthar & asif were farcially cleared of sterioid intake, even thought we all know they did. They got injured conveniently during WC to avoid true sterioids tests which would have been conducted by ICC.Thats was ok with Pakistanis. Shaid afridi nearly completed his farming hobby on the pitch in a test match in Pakistan in 2005 against England. Yet all he got was warning and no Pakistani complained.All that was not fair. But a umpire who has the guts to report the truth,when reinstated and all Pakistanis seems to think is word CHEAT right from Montreal to UK to Afghanistan. Says a lot about conveneient memeory Pakistani fans , PCB and obviously cricketers have. Guys come out of make beleive world where Pakistan is a word class team with respect all over world. They are just maybe a little above Zim/Bang and all this banter is nothnig but to hide that fact. Its lucky Aus did not come to Pak ,becos after loosing to Ind ,Pak would have been punished by Aussies to get their pride .

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 20, 2008, 4:17 GMT

    Maybe I should scroll up and read up on all the ignorant aussies plus spurious visitors on this very Pakistani blog -- which they fail to realize is airing/onlining their sheer gross misinformed assertions.

    FOR THE RECORD: Pakistan has two umpires on the ICC Elite Panel: Aleem Dar (the best umpire in the world) and Asad Rauf (the second best umpire in the world) ... so you got your facts all wrong stephen

    NEXT, you question the societies in Asia and I will respond to him on behalf of everyone in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India: listen mate, you talk to about soceital values, GO AND RESEARCH INTO HOW AUSTRALIA CAME INTO BEING... all the crooks, and banished criminals from mother England (exiled on to the continent) decided to form a country!! huh! and you bred criminals talk of society, values, family vaules?!

    so again wrong again... twice wrong is too many, you ought to give up on life and put yourself into servitude of a Pakistani!

    Pakistan Zindabad! Pakistan Paendabad!

  • Prasanna on March 20, 2008, 4:10 GMT

    Did Hair really saw Pakstani bowlers tampering with ball? If he has saw it, he should have stopped bowlers right at that moment. Was it caught camera? If there is no proof then he can not indict Pakistan. Overall umpiring in cricket is very poor. Remember Final of 2007 world cup. What a fiasco umpires made at the highest level? Still ICC did not take any action?

  • Flint on March 20, 2008, 4:09 GMT

    Was it hairs fault when Sir Afridi aka Kanpur butcher was doing a chicken dance and destroying pitch ? Was it hairs fault when your self proclaimed corenerd Tiger Imran Khan won the world cup with aid of a bottle cap ? Was it hairs fault that Murali chucks ? Was it hairs fault that Harbajhan is the biggest cry baby in world cricket ?

    Facts 1. Here is compitent enough and if he thinks you gyz are cheating he cant just sit quite and let you do it.

    2.Freddie is the best bowler in the history and next comes Akram

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 20, 2008, 3:53 GMT

    Peter Della Penna, your post sounds just as much horrid as your alias, you call Hair following rules!? maybe you ought to watch the video where he no-balled Mulritharan --an ICC declared legal action -- and Murli who without argument will end up as the highest wicket taker but Hair sees him as chucker -- so the question is no more does he follow rules, the question is how much does he let his personal prejudices define his umpiring which not only is a sheer violation of the "rules" as you admit, it is also disrespectful --> hence makes him the most disrecptful individual in the cricketing arena and I have nothing but utter disgust for his supporters -- which are not many anyways..

    Talking about pride, if it makes you proud to have him back -- good for you! even the aussies are not proud of him so that makes you spurious to say the least just like your name.

    Pakistan Zindabad! Pakistan Paeendabad!

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 20, 2008, 3:43 GMT

    I would like to go with Kamran's assessment of the situation, although the filthy rich ICC should not worry about a worm like Hair?!

    Nonetheless, I am more concerned with the aftermath of the cowrdly aussie decision to not visit -- I mean South Africans, West Indies and Zimbabweans are not lesser humans to have visited under similar or worse conditions and could not help scoffing over ranatunga's initial disgreement to visit Toronto, like if there was ever a bombing heaven it would sri lanka but sadly he uses the same excuse like the aussies and denies a return trip, maybe they dont feel adequate getting beat by Mohammad Asif no more!

    Pakistan Zindabad! Pakistan Paeendabad!

  • M. Y. Kasim, Houston, Tx. USA on March 20, 2008, 3:02 GMT

    How about it? All the anti-Pakistani guys came in rushing with their hatred and you or rather Cricinfo management published it.

    Whereas I wrote three blogs, two of those recently about Ian Chaaple's article "Tale of Two Country" and both of them never show the light of day because it contained certain truth about the refusal of Australians' tour of Pakistan, mainly because of BIG MONEY of IPL and /or ICL.

  • Mark on March 20, 2008, 3:00 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers long ago slipped off the moral high ground in regards to cheating. Because there was not enough "evidence" of ball tampering to prove the charge brought by the officials doesn't mean the Pakistan players weren't guilty of it - Did O.J Simpson do it? Darrell called it how he saw it as he always had and I hope, for the sake of cricket, will continue to do so. If I was a Pakistan supporter my ill-feeling would still be pointing to the West Indies Police authorities and their incompetence regarding the Bob Woolmer affair - surely a far greater insult to the nation as a whole. Pakistani players have cheated before but none I'm sure had considered, let alone committed, murder.

  • Stephen Horton on March 20, 2008, 2:41 GMT

    Hair's ego does not allow him to be a good umpire. He cannot admit mistakes so one bad decision (against one side) follows another (against the same side). His dread of the suggestion of a 'make-up' call drives his bias ever onward. As a South African cricketer supporter I would be happy for Hair to stand only in England, New Zealand and Australia games (they are his only real supporters). I can only imagine the frustration of Pakistan and Sri Lankan fans. Hopefully Hair will be history next year.

  • Rahul Oak on March 20, 2008, 1:40 GMT

    Ovalgate or not, Hair doesn't deserve to officiate because he is a hard nosed SOB who does not earn the players' respect. And yea, while we are at it, he is a fairly mediocre umpire, and thats made doubly annoying by him acting officious even when clearly in the wrong. For those who are complaining about competent umpires, only technology can solve that. The ICC did what it did to keep its hands clean - not that we expect anything clever from them anyway. But this is sad - there isn't any shortage of idiots in cricket to begin with. Or nice guys.

  • Farhan Arif - Sydney on March 20, 2008, 1:18 GMT

    Kamran, you have said the right thing, and I do not necessarily disagree with Peter DP too. But Peter surely must know more than he is revealing. People who follow cricket are usually more analytic than Peter has been, just through the major influence of cricket itself being a very complex sport (compared to most other sports). Hair might have upheld the rule from the rule-book but life, nor cricket is as simple as that.Just for asking for an under the table pay-out, being the habitual (read compulsive) litigant that he is, and a lawyer by profession, Mr.Hair should have copped a lot more than the near 2 year suspension and rehab program. I have spent my last week answering one question more than even the mundane and well used "how are you?" and that has been "Do you reckon Pakistan would have been safe for the Aussie cricketers?" I have always replied in the affirmative. But lucky for hair he's not officiating Pakistan, its not a safe place for him to be. :)

  • John Wright on March 20, 2008, 1:05 GMT

    I am a white aussie living in Australia and I tell you what, australian society is the worst in the universe. Even aliens in Uranus are better. We killed the aboriginals and look where they are right now. We also tend to complain how sub continent in whining, but in reality we are the one who are afraid of their growing significance,we cannot see someone better than us. We complain and whine like we did on the India series; even though we started the idea of sledging we accuse them of whining. We are just a big bunch of pussies.

  • Rothe on March 19, 2008, 23:42 GMT

    lol

  • John Mayer on March 19, 2008, 23:37 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Now that the ICC has made Hair go through a reparatory programme, how about changing his decision of "forfeiture" to the category of "No result".

  • frednork on March 19, 2008, 22:20 GMT

    can someone please explain what was wrong with ahirs decisions against pakistan and Sri Lanka against Murali, he felt that Murali extended his arm during delivery and called it. It has taken tears of testing to prove that what Hair saw was an "optical illusion", although the rules were amended given the results of the research. SO how was his call racist, how was it biased against SL. the umpire in his opinion firml;y believed that Murali straightened his arm. there are quite a few that still believe this... against Pakistan he inspected teh ball and along with the other umpire, felt that the ball had been tampered with. he was not required under the rules to investigate how the ball was tempered with, or when, or by whom, just to deduct runs based on the fact that "in his opiinion" it had been tampered with. Please show me the racism there. as for the allegation he said the pak team appeal like monkeys - throw the book at him for that, but not for making a decision on the field

  • Ian Kohler on March 19, 2008, 22:07 GMT

    I find it rather pointed that commentary on Darrell Hair's reinstatement rates more important than the disgusting avoidance by the ICC of a proper decision on Zimbabwe.

  • Philip John Joseph on March 19, 2008, 19:43 GMT

    Peter Della Penna:

    While Hair may be a hero of sorts in the Anglo-Saxon world, for his tendency to pick on people with brown skin; let's not forget that he attempted to blackmail the ICC with his little 500,000 dollar escapade; or whatever the sum of money was. That kind of behaviour from an employee cannot be tolerated and is certainly a sign of poor character and judgement. Therefore, before you start idolizing him for victimizing people with brown skin, let's not forget that he is clearly a disreputable person as evidenced by his behaviour in that "500,000 dollar" "incident". I certainly supported him for calling Murali a chucker, seeing as Murali really is a chucker; but the above-mentioned incident clearly shows that Hair is the kind of unscrupulous "lack of" character who couldn't officiate a drunken brawl, much less a game like cricket. Anyway, let's hope he doesn't mess anything else up ....

  • Omer Admani on March 19, 2008, 18:42 GMT

    Craig Warnes, Darel Hair's supporters usually argue that he is a good umpire and that is an argument which is always around. But that is simply NOT true. You should take a look at the umpiring decisions leading upto Oval (not in one match, not in one series, but in the previous 3,4 series at least that Pakistan played under Hair's supervision). Its all right to have an opinion, but, in this case and quite regularly so, people who have either not seen much cricket that Pakistan has played under Hair's supervision or people who don't know, are simply distorting a fact. That does't mean, however, that I imply that umpires should be copped at the whims and fancies of teams. They should be taken out because of incompetitiveness, or, in any case, what happened at the Oval was out of line. But it is simply not true that he is a good umpire. Maybe he is a good umpire when Asian countries aren't playing and you guys see his competitive side a lot more than the incompetitive one.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 19, 2008, 18:26 GMT

    Jamie Daaling are you reciting the poem by the legendary George Dubia? "You are with us or against us." Even his silly words are not final so how come an umpire's word be considered as final? Sure, Hair is the best umpire because he is the one and only who ruined the Oval test match by forfeiting it for his ego, pride and vanity. He did that when he saw Inzamam and the players were coming on to the field after a brief protest, then he took off the bails and forfeited the match. Comparing Bucknor's case avec lui is not correct, his was an error of judgment and he was removed because the BCCI used their muscle. Whereas, Hair being a hardcore racist attempted to disgrace the whole of Pakistani nation by calling them cheats and he would have still managed to stick to the elite panel, but the emails that he sent to the ICC demanding a ransom of $500,000 were leaked to the media and then everything went against him. Reinstating him is immoral, unethical and it is an open disrespect or willful disobedience of the so-called laws made by the authority or legislative body, "The ICC". On the question of how many Pakistani umpires are on the elite panel? Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf are there and we all know how they are bullied by the Aussie players. And the first one to pounce on them is Ricky the livestock cattle auctioneer, who blabs so fast that his mouth go at a mile a minute and he tells the umpire, "you are a disgrace to umpiring" and he still gets away with it and not even a slap on his wrist.

  • Amyn Habib on March 19, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    The ICC has gone out of its way to stick its thumb in the eye of Pakistani and Sri Lankan cricket fans by reinstating the widely despised umpire Hair. It is probably safe to assume that the Indians did not have a problem with this. Otherwise Hair would have remained banished in the wilderness.

    It was an act of colossal arrogance on his part to declare an end to the Oval match when the players were willing to play. One could argue that Hair made a mistake and should be allowed to move on. Sadly, he has a long history of making controversial decisions, though hardly ever against players of certain countries. Given the lack of clout of the PCB, I would not be surprised if Hair was officiating in Pakistan matches pretty soon- and way beyond one year.

    Hair clearly has a lot of sympathy among fans of certain countries—where some see him as the tough guy standing up for what is right and taking no nonsense from the Asian countries-- and I had hoped he would spend the rest of his days umpiring first class matches in some Caucasian land… but -Alas he is Hair forever.

  • samp on March 19, 2008, 18:00 GMT

    Darelll hair, Mike procter and Steve Bucknor have proven they have sub continental hatred running thru every vein of their blood. Darell hair has always hated murali and called him for chucking eventhough the ICC proved with exact science that he is not throwing and it is only an optical illusion and farce he created at oval with the pakistani team. As for bucknor he has the uncanny ability of making a bad decision in the ratio of 10:1 only against indians(because he doesn't like power structure in ICC) and mike procter let's go Ricky the cheater ponting scott free eventhough he claimed a catch off the groud and asked indian media guys to get out of australia. But he had no problem banning rashid latif when he claimed a catch off the groud. Hats off to ICC in retaining Morons and prejudiced people like Hair, Bucknor and Procter

  • Abdul on March 19, 2008, 17:42 GMT

    HAIR HE COMES AGAIN !

    It's ridiculous and dybolical decision to bring back Darell Hair aka the cheating ump back to the ICC umpiring pannel. He's had his chances and has shown he is nothing more then a cheating,racist and controversial umpire. Once sacked and now returns.How can it be we have had Enough of this umipre with a capatail E

  • Lallu Lal on March 19, 2008, 17:41 GMT

    Hair was sacked since at that time BCCI threw its weight around with PCB. Now that BCCI is desperate for the success of IPL, the ICC got it chance and promptly reinstated Hair. I am almost sure that Hair would stand in at least one Pakistan match just to prove ICC's point.

  • Anjo on March 19, 2008, 17:41 GMT

    Wow, this really does seem to be the time to pick bones with the Pakistani Board. Australia cancels a tour, India snubs the Pakistani board's confidence that they will play a one-day series in place of the Aus tour, Hair is re-instated and there are already rumors that most teams don't want to tour Pakistan for the Champions trophy. You can talk all you want about the circumstances in the country, but I think a lot of this has to do with a recent loss of respect for the Pakistan Board from several other boards. But I suppose thats what happens when half your squad joins the ICL, half the matches are played in near empty stadiums, and you keep picking and discipling the same players for the same offenses. When it comes to administration, the Pakistani board doesn't seem to have a clue.

  • pete on March 19, 2008, 17:40 GMT

    This is unbelievable. Is everyone forgetting the fact that this is the same man who sent an email to the ICC trying to blackmail them to pay him off? How can a man who clearly lacks integrity officiate international matches? I wonder if the same leniency would have been excercised if it was Aleem Dar and the Australians involved in this mess.

  • Peter Della Penna on March 19, 2008, 15:36 GMT

    How about this Kamran? Maybe it was neither a cop-out nor a conspiracy. Instead, it was the right thing to do, since they had no right to remove him in the first place for upholding the laws of the game. Hair is also the same umpire who caught Shahid Afridi red-handed doing the cha cha and jitterbug all over the pitch after a gas cannister exploded in a test against England in 2005 that diverted all attention to the crowd and away from the field. Luckily, television evidence backed him up and Afridi was suspended for it. But just because Inzamam and the bowlers weren't "caught in the act" with television "evidence" doesn't mean they didn't tamper with the ball. Hair is one of the most respected umpires in cricket and it's about time Pakistan, its writers and its fans stopped crying about their "pride" being damaged.

  • SAPna on March 19, 2008, 15:35 GMT

    Hair is Risen...Hour has Risen...

    Hours comes from Horus, the egyptian god of many things plus TIME, Horus has 12 signs, he rises every day as new SUN, thats why Horus-Risen=Horizons!

    "Hair is a habitual litigant."

    SAPna AT gmail

  • Gugu on March 19, 2008, 15:33 GMT

    Agreed that Hair got it wrong at Oval, may be not by rules of the game as much as by common sense of the situation but one needs to mention that he is not a bad umpire. At the time of his suspension, Taufel was best rated by votes but Hair was best rated by percentage of number of decisions he get right. Anyways, good luck to Hair for his final year. Hope this calms him down and allow him to leave on his terms.

  • saif aly on March 19, 2008, 14:12 GMT

    Reinstatement of Hair is thumbing in the face of PCB. Naseem Ashraf is an incompetent and impotent chairman. His boss, President Musharraf, patron-in-chief of Pakistan cricket, is even bigger bigot-nuisance. Hair's reinstatement by the ICC just goes on to prove that Pakistan is no longer considered a power-wielding nation at the ICC level. India, Pakis arch-enemy, may have had a hand in Hair's reinstatment. India is where the money is and as they say: Money talks and Bull shit walks. Pakistan belong to the latter starta. Naseem Ashraf's predecessor - Sharyar Khan - was an equally incompetent and corrupted retired army officer. What I don't seem to understand is why everyone in Pakistan: from politics to sports has had an ex-army, Navy or airforce resume. PCB is now a bankrupt organization begging money from ICC just to stay alive. ICC in-turn itself is a cash-strapped body and to stay afloat it too has to acquisce to India's dictates. ICC knows where the money trail leads.

  • Husna A.M. on March 19, 2008, 14:05 GMT

    I agree, however i doubt that Darrell Hair will be assigned to the Pakistan team for any match. I think it would cause much contraversy and add to the unnecessary conflict in cricket that it has already shown over the world. Husna from Jamaica

  • Imran on March 19, 2008, 13:43 GMT

    My 10 year old sister could figure that one out but thanks for the analysis. In any case its not like he will be officiating in any of Pakistan's matches!

  • Sami Syed on March 19, 2008, 13:41 GMT

    As soon as I saw the headline, I knew Kamran sahab would have wrote something about this.

    My comment is "WHO CARES???"

    Let's talk about Pakistan, and the lack of skilled players, especially bowlers. What's wrong with our team?

    Sami

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on March 19, 2008, 13:15 GMT

    You are spot on Kamran; Hair is reinstated to avoid legal battles. All in all it’s a fair decision. It’s unlikely he’ll officiate in any matches involving Pak or even subcontinent teams. I’m sure the Pakistan’s stand in Oval against him and his subsequent “rehabilitation” was viewed courageous and just by all subcontinent teams and fans. I personally think of him as aggressive, biased, confronting, authoritative, and vengeful but he is humiliated enough and everyone should just move on. I’m expecting some heated posts by fans who would think his reinstatement is not justified but if we think past our national pride, this looks like a compromise we can digest if we view it from employer perspective. I think umpiring in general is below standard and in my opinion it is usually biased towards the home team to please the crowds. I don’t know if there is already a rating system for umpires or not but a performance based rating and salary would definitely enhance the umpiring quality. Why not place a NFL style “Coach’s Challenge” in cricket matches? During American Football games coaches have two challenges per half and if a coach challenges an official decision and upon review it’s turned down he loses one of the challenges for rest of the half. In cricket the captain on the field can also wave or signal at the dressing room to challenge a decision. It’s time consuming but if you limit 2 challenges per innings coach or captain would think twice before referring one to third umpire. I think it’s workable and it will save a lot controversy.

  • waqar ali on March 19, 2008, 13:02 GMT

    It was no surprise to me. No one is going to respect us if we can't respect ourselves. I was disgusted when I first heard that "Pakistan never officially complained about Mr. Hair in the past" though he was involved in many ugly situations. Why? Why are we so pathetic and can't stand high. We should make hard decisions on all matters whether it will suffer us or not. Over the period of time we may come up as no non-sense nation. Pak should protest strongly, should boycott next Australian tour unless they tour us first and should take hard firm stance on all the issue.. but I guess this will reamin a dream!

  • Sst on March 19, 2008, 13:01 GMT

    I am a sikh living in canada. What is raceism.Folowing rules is not a raceism ,Mr hair acted on rules , That was not a single incedence it was a chane of them. Both umpires took decision together,It was not the first time team captain make judgement mistake regarding rules. national prides hurts more when teams loose in first round ,notwhen somebody suspect you of wrong doing, there are other way clearing name

  • Philip John Joseph on March 19, 2008, 12:47 GMT

    The ICC must be trying to raise the BCCI's bid on stupidity and incompetence. While I probably wouldn't object to showing the nincompoop Darrell Hair some mercy, after all aren't we all humans; especially since he won't be allowed to mess around with matches involving Pakistan; Darrell Hair is clearly the kind of impulsive ignoramus who exemplifies some of the deadlier infectious diseases afflicting cricket today, especially those caused by the BCCI/IPL and ICC viruses. While Darrell Hair does deserve credit for calling out Murali as the chucker he is, his attempt to blackmail the ICC into buying out his contract was a classic example of poor character. From Mike Denness to Mike Procter to Darrell Hair, it is quite clear that the ICC is infested with the kind of disreputable characters that give cricket such a bad name.

  • Nadeem Khan on March 19, 2008, 12:24 GMT

    Thats bull's eye Kamran. Let him complete this year and he will be a story of past after that. As long as Hair doesn't stay in Pakistan tests, I have no objection on him. Moreover this one coming year will also tell the people about his standard as an umpire. Teams like SL, Ind, WI and BD would also prefer to live without him. So his moral standing is already not firm enough. Lets see how he reacts to the morals. Nadeem Khan

  • tarak on March 19, 2008, 11:07 GMT

    its disgracefull.he is racist first murali then pakistan ..if pakistan reverse swings the ball its ball tampering but freddie and lee doi then it's legal.wow really appreciate the double standards.If ausies and the brits clean the seam of the ball then its legal but sub continent player do it then its ball tampering.Inzi is a great palye and the world respects him and blaming him for ball tampering is ridiculous. I am not pakistani, i am Indian but wasim and waqar and imran khan are a treat to watch for any eyes . they making the ball talk and reversing it and those toe crushers are legendry..shame man .. call the spade a spade pls kamran and have respect for Pakistan and for the sub continent bcos by allowing hair to stand as an umpire is admitting the fact that Pakistan has ball tampered which is a blatant lie..

  • Flint on March 19, 2008, 11:06 GMT

    Hair is here to stay , face it

    PS: Andrew flintoff is the best bowler of all time. Next comes Akram

  • Jamie Dowling on March 19, 2008, 10:24 GMT

    There seems to be no half way house here: you're either for Darrell Hair or you're against him. I'm for him simply because he applied the laws correctly and the ICC buckled to pressure which any strong leadership would never have. Billy Doctrove's no show at the tribunal has never been satisfactorily explained.

    I would love to have seen the tribunal continue, to see Shaharyar Khan cross examined and asked why he was sounding off on Test Match Special rather than positively managing the situation when it happened. And I'm sure lots of people would have enjoyed seeing Malcolm Speed get the treatment too.

    The umpire's word is final. There are ways and processes to follow if someone is not happy with an official's judgement.

    Sadly recent events in Australia have further helped kill this idea off.

  • srivathsan on March 19, 2008, 9:53 GMT

    While I agree with the logic given by you in reinstating Hair,I feel that the move is not correct.One has to move on principle & not fear of prolonged legal battle.His racial abuse is so apparent that I fail to understand the stand of ICC.If his actions are not racial then how BHAJJI's calling symonds a monkey,even if true, can be racial ? He has never called the bowling actions of bowlers other than sub continent suspect .He spoiled the pakistan match against england through his admant & high handed attitude.Where had gone the match referee then but promptly banned a sub continent player just based on australian player's words ?I THINK THE MOVE IS NOT RIGHT & I AF PAKISTAN IS AGRIEVED ,THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN IT.

  • Waheed - USA on March 19, 2008, 9:44 GMT

    Kamran,

    I only have one question to ask to all who will respond to your post including you Sir. Right from the start of this debacle on the receiving end, had it been India instead of Pakistan, would the story be same?

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on March 19, 2008, 9:44 GMT

    One thing is crystal clear. Speed has been a very faithful to Hair and Speed must be given an award for being the most unfair and biased CEO in the history of ICC.

    The person who accused ICC, brought ICC in to court, asked for an under the table payment of half a million dollars…… and now today he is absolved of all the wrong doings only because of his skin color and nationality? May I ask what this so called rehabilitation process is? What he did and learn during that process? Who will guarantee that Hair won’t repeat his criminal and shameful acts against Asian teams in the future?

    The cruel fact is that Cricket is no longer a game of gentleman. If you look at Speed, outburst of Symonds or statements coming from Hayden…..you do not need a doctor’s degree to conclude what sort of people play Cricket these days.

  • pottedmeat on March 19, 2008, 9:25 GMT

    Any true cricket fan will be delighted by the news of Hair's return to cricket. Regardless of the highly debatable need for any rehabilitation, Hair has come through everything that has been asked of him. Anyone who begrudges him the opportunity to stand in tests as an elite umpire now can surely be classed as nothing more than an anti-white racist.

  • ryanbrew on March 19, 2008, 9:23 GMT

    I must say that as neutral in this event between Pakistan and Hair (I watched it live on TV from RSA) I believe that both sides have over-reacted. Hair did things wrong - sure - but Pakistans reaction thereafter (Not just refusal to continue the game, but the war of words and threats that took place in the aftermath)did just as much to bring our beautiful game into disrepute (Hairs conduct was not any better in the aftermath).

    It seems in cricket at the moment - if Pakistan or India are not happy - the rest of the cricket world bows down to the pressure.

    Hair has served his sentence, he has done his rehabilitation, he deserves to be given a chance.

    As a South African - I have never enjoyed Hairs umpiring - but come on - people deserve another chance.

    You refered to a time of "resurections" - the symbol of the "resurection" is forgiveness - I know it is not necesarily a Muslim symbol - but we all need to walk in the spirit of forgiveness irrespective of our beliefs!

  • Fatir Malik on March 19, 2008, 9:06 GMT

    All suspicions that Cricket was only a cover-up for the real business ICC are into - Hair Restoring (creams), which can alternatively be used for ball tampering !!!!

  • khansahab786@gmail.com on March 19, 2008, 9:03 GMT

    Hair's reinstatement has sent shockwaves across some quarters. However, some people remain calm in that Pakistan's schedule is not as tightly packed as some other teams and also because any reasonable individual will attempt to not place Hair to officiate in any of Pakistan's matches. The PCB as always has sent mixed messages across to the media, some officials thinking it is an inexcusable farce whereas other thinking that Pakistan should not be worried much as Hair will not stand in any of Pakistan's matches.

    Although there are some gaps in Pakistan's future itinerary, I don't think they will remain as PCB will try to arrange low key series with minnows to fill in the gaps. But Hair will probably not be asked to officiate within Pakistan, anyway.

    One year on, Pakistan's cricketers remember Woolmer. It's strange how past generation cricketers like Miandad are saying that Bob was a good person but not a good coach, whereas current cricketers like Asif, Afridi and Butt are saying Bob was an "excellent" coach. He certainly did not generate the results that were expected from him.

  • tinker on March 19, 2008, 8:27 GMT

    Hair is a rare beast in cricket.

    he does what he thinks is right rather than worrying about factions or supporting power bases or covering his own rear end.

    Maybe if Pakistan cricket had a few people with more backbone like hair they wouldn't be in the laughable mess they are in now.

  • Asad on March 19, 2008, 8:25 GMT

    As convenient a legal solution as it may be his re instatement is just wrong in every sense. Its very hard to be a Pakistan sypporter these days with absolutely nothing to cheer about, no cricket to watch. Hiar being reinstated is yet another kick in the teeth

  • ram on March 19, 2008, 8:24 GMT

    and your point might be?

  • ali Surrey Canada on March 19, 2008, 8:09 GMT

    As a player trespasses a by law gets banned for a # of matches I guess same has happened to Hair.. He made a mistake and got sentenced. Even the best upires in the world like Simon, Rauf and Bucknor have been making mistakes so did he .. his was worse so was the punishment.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 19, 2008, 7:29 GMT

    Part II

    Kamran's demanding, "What Hair's rehabilitation programme involved requires greater explanation from the ICC?" is a very justifiable question. Because, no one ever heard before that Hair was sent to any rehab centre and what was the diagnosis and what are the prognosis? If he was diagnosed with some mysterious illness or deficiency syndrome, then the question arises, whether he is completely cured? Or was he sent to some SPA to get manicured & pedicured? From what he appears to be, he is still the same old #@RT who goes around sniffing balls and passing judgments on tampering. And when he sees Murali's doosra he calls it a "no-ball. Because he doesn't know the difference between the doosra and teesra. The funny thing is Cricket Australia is very pleased to see him back, what for? According to the ICC rules, if Darrel pulls out hair from his own 3all$ and transplant them over his bald scalp, even then he cannot stand in as an umpire for Australia. So what kinda pleasure or benefit Peter Young is getting from this news? Is it just a patriotic scream in joy or is it a sadistic symphony in jubilation and rejoicing? (that our guy is out there to take care of our opponents.)

  • Vidhya on March 19, 2008, 6:58 GMT

    An alternate explanation is that Pakistan has far less weight in the cricketing community, due to variety of reasons from ICL to bombings, than it had in 2006, and PCB needs the rest of the cricketing countries much more than the other way round. In 2006, it was necessary to appease Pakistan by banning Hair; now if Pakistan refuses to play or host a series on account of Hair, the other team might consider it a good riddance.

  • Shaun Corrigan on March 19, 2008, 6:56 GMT

    Good to see a great umpire back!

  • Adrian on March 19, 2008, 6:55 GMT

    Yep ur dead right there. I'm sure lots of fans from the subcontinent will apply the racist tag as usual but this is truly a decision where everybody is happy, except those that want darrell hair shamed and embarrassed. I think he made a few mistakes and he's suffered plenty of indignity already so to serve out his contract and then be put out to pasture is a fair result.

  • Swami on March 19, 2008, 6:49 GMT

    I wonder why there is such a serious shortage of umpires. It seems like its a cosy club and ICC is unwilling to open it up so as to ensure its control. Here again IPL can challenge this notion that there are only a few top umpires, by showing the world that there are more than just a handful of umpires of international quality.

  • WiFi on March 19, 2008, 6:46 GMT

    Oh get over it! Pakistan were cheating. Period.

  • Ali on March 19, 2008, 6:43 GMT

    I just feel that Pakistanis' don't get treated equally in International cricket. Hair has always been raciest against Pakistani players and is an insult to Cricket.

  • Owais on March 19, 2008, 6:39 GMT

    I really like Dawn News headline yesterday "Pakistan's public enemy no. 1, reinstated by ICC". Yes I think at least 85% of us Pakistanis would hate him for his biased actions in Oval. I think lot of South Asians, especially Sri Lankans also do not like Hair. But I also agree with Kamran that ICC wanted to get out of that legal suits etc so they might only give him only a few matches before his contract ends in 2009.

  • nicky on March 19, 2008, 6:37 GMT

    This is so pathetic no doubt the "western" read "white" block are taking their pound of flesh -- next time i here some aussie talking about wily oriental machinations i am going to shove this around their throats

  • Satyajit on March 19, 2008, 6:31 GMT

    After two disappointing blogs Kamran Abbasi is bang on the buck. It's convenient for ICC to get back Hair for a year and let the contract expire rather than fight a legal battle. To Hair supporters, he not only had a perception of being against subcontinent teams (particulary SL and Pak) but he also staged the only forfeiture in the game. So, he deserves the boot. Unfortunately there is no competition of becoming an elite panel umpire and that's why we have to bear with now incompetent Steve Bucknor and always arrogant Darrel Hair.

  • Ravishankar N on March 19, 2008, 6:18 GMT

    He is no doubt a good umpire. You can ask any Australian, English, South African non-coloured cricketer and he will vouch for him. Only thing is he needs high contrast to 'see' the bent arm.

  • partyy boi on March 19, 2008, 6:05 GMT

    Darrell Hair should never have been reinstated. The ICC should have sacked him after the Oval Test. But again, this is all politics. Even though he is now allowed to umpire in any international matches until the end of his contracts, I think he should not be allowed to umpire in any match in which Pakistan is involved.

  • Arjan K. on March 19, 2008, 5:48 GMT

    Darrell Hair reinstatement If I were Inzaman during the test match involving Hair what I would have told my bowlers to do is after each delivery go up to Hair and ask him to clean the ball and to check it and confirm there has been no tampering. It would have been the right slap for him for frivolously accusing the players for ball tempering without sufficient proof . The authorities continue to create rules to suffocate players actions but when Umpires like Hair act as the mighty Hitler - no rules are put in place to control them. One must not forget that Umpires do make mistakes - why shouldnt they be punished ???? With the powers accorded to them what makes the authorities think that they cannot be approached by bookmakers and such like ???

  • Irfan on March 19, 2008, 5:42 GMT

    I would like to hear from PCB chairman what has he done to increase the number of international matches for pakistan and strognly oppose ICC decision of penalising pakistan like this. this is not good for the game of cricket. Pakistani nation is a big fan of cricket and we are just waiting and waiting worse is that Australia is also not coming to PK. So now Pakistan will play with teams like bangladesh i am sure very few people will watch this. Hope this will not continue next year as well.

  • stephen on March 19, 2008, 5:29 GMT

    It seems strange that the Asian teams are always accusing someone of cheating. I recall Hair giving McDermott out in Adelaide against the West Indies. McDermott said he didn't nick it. Australia would have won the series and been the first to defeat the Windies in a long time. No home town bias there by Hair!!! He called Murali for throwing. So what??? He does throw. I guess Bishan Bedi (one of the greatest spinners of all time) is a rascist as well? I have stood behind the nets at Adelaide oval and watched Murali bowl - he does throw. I'm not alone there in thinking that. Hair is one of the best umpires in world cricket - his house was not burnt down after the Adelaide Test. Can you in sub continent say your umpires are afforded the same respect????? How many umpires do India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have on the ICC panel?? Lack of ability or fearful for their safety even in their domestic cricket. That sums up your societies in a nutshell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrwe Fyfe on March 19, 2008, 5:14 GMT

    Sadly I agree, but he should never have been stood down in the first place. The ICC have a record of being weak in support of their umpires and caving to threats - see Bucknor vs India this year. As former professional umpire myself the ICC's conduct is sickening, its no wonder they are having trouble recruiting!

  • Chris on March 19, 2008, 5:08 GMT

    When saying that the ICC decision is "more cop-out than conspiracy" do you mean that you believe that the ICC should have apologised to Mr. Hair and offered compensation? Certainly that would have saved considerable legal expense, but might have caused a little choking within the ICC and elsewhere. A tough call? Well at least they have had plenty of time and legal advice to help make it.

  • Krishna on March 19, 2008, 4:56 GMT

    Bringing Hair back does land everyone back in a sticky situation. There can't be two ways with this. Either Hair was right or he was wrong. If he was wrong, then this clearly isn't the first time. Its high time the ICC takes a strong enough stance rather than beat around the bush. But as always, ICC tries to be "politically" correct by trying to please everyone and ends up making a fool of itself.

  • nabeel on March 19, 2008, 4:51 GMT

    You are too nice Kamran. I just wish and hope that Pakistan cricket team does not end up in a match with Darrel Hair offficiating. With pakistan's luck, it may just happen. Imagine the controversies?

  • Craig Warnes on March 19, 2008, 4:51 GMT

    Welcome back Darrell. Now, some clarifications:

    I admit that big Darrell erred when he deducted five runs from Pakistan, but the Pakistan team, its captain and its management also erred by not taking the field again. No team has the right to do so. The ICC referee should have also stepped in to defuse the situation and yet he also did nothing. Billy Doctrove was also in on the decision and concurred with Darrell on the field.

    The accusation should have been attended to after play and resolved by the referee. (Just what did the referee do in this instance?) Any deduction of runs (if deemed necessary) should have made by the referee after a hearing.

    The Asian bloc countries can moan all they like but Darrell WAS NOT the only man to blame, although he has taken the fall for many others' failings. He is a far better umpire than som eof the others that are going around, and until the ICC invests money in better umpire training, we're stuck with what we have.

    Cheers

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 19, 2008, 4:47 GMT

    Hair today - gone tomorrow, but this hairless, shameless, hideous monster is gonna stay for a year more to inflict further damage to the game of cricket and, to inculcate and to imbue with his partisan point of view (calling Pakistan team as "cheats") its a shame that he got away for a serious racist comment with a slap on his wrist. Some people may not agree that calling cheats is racism. But racism carries and encompasses references not only to race based bigotry but, prejudice, violence, oppression, stereotyping & discrimination. The term has varying and often hotly contested definitions. Hair showed his discrimination against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, hence I call him a racist. When he was cornered and trapped, he showed his true colours by demanding $500,000 from the ICC to shut up and to go into oblivion. When that didn't work he threatened to sue them and black mailed them. When Inzamam ul Haq and the Pakistan team were cleared of all the charges of ball tampering, it was obvious that he was lying and he is the one who should have been penalized but. he is being rewarded now! How farcical? And its a shame that the spineless body that controls the game of cricket, can bend backwards for the sake of saving a few dollars and surrendering to the terrorists like threats. Good to see Kamran Abbasi using the underworld slang "cop out" for backing down on the ICC and for surrendering to this blackmailer!

  • aa254 on March 19, 2008, 4:43 GMT

    Hi guys; get ready for more drama. This guy is definitely going to give us some more headaches. We are already struggling, and having him being incharge of affairs would surely torment the minds of our already beleagured cricketers. Allah may save us.......

  • Saptarshi on March 19, 2008, 4:34 GMT

    There he goes again. If you are uncomfortable with Hair being re-instated u should also be uncomfortable with Bucknor. However you did seem to show great displeasure after Bucknor was removed from the Perth test

  • gfv on March 19, 2008, 4:29 GMT

    He's also a competent umpire, whining from the subcontinent not withstanding, if bloody minded.

    We are desperately short of competent umpires and the subcontinent is hardly providing them.

    I'm sure he will be let gone in a year exacerbating the reluctance of umpires of penalising subcontinental teams for fear of being attacked and undermined in the interest or parochial politics.

  • john on March 19, 2008, 4:13 GMT

    Hair is also a consummate racist. i remember Inzamam mentioning in an interview that Hair said that the Pakistanis appeal like monkeys. Maybe he can get Symonds to write the preface of his tedious memoirs - if Symonds can write, that is.

  • Shafiq on March 19, 2008, 3:58 GMT

    It is a shame pakistan is playing least cricket among major cricketing nations in coming months......It is all about money in ICC----and pakistan is paying price for being an incompetent board. Hair or not, doesn't matter--- The shit of Oval can never be cleaned---sadly pakistan cricket has bigger issues than Hair.

  • josh on March 19, 2008, 3:48 GMT

    nice twist.......BUT...the champions trophy is in pakistan....would he really wanna go to pakistan With all the media after him?

  • UM BAJWA, Islamabad on March 19, 2008, 3:47 GMT

    WELL SAID....KA

  • Muhammad Asif on March 19, 2008, 1:41 GMT

    The downfall of cricket can easily be attributed to pragmatic decision-making instead of principled one. The beauty of cricket is red & white, revive the next world cup with traditional colors of cricket & with the balanced rules for both bowlers & batsmen, so that best would be wineer at the end of the day, whether its bowler or batsman. Black & white is also not bad but not at the cost of red & white, give me back the beauty of cricket!

  • Awas on March 19, 2008, 0:42 GMT

    A nice succinct uncontroversial short new thread indeed. This bombshell like news about Darrell Hair is more of a farce though. Somewhat unbelievable actually when I first read it One thing is sure though ICC will definitely not appoint him in Pakistan matches and perhaps Sri Lanka ones too.

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  • Awas on March 19, 2008, 0:42 GMT

    A nice succinct uncontroversial short new thread indeed. This bombshell like news about Darrell Hair is more of a farce though. Somewhat unbelievable actually when I first read it One thing is sure though ICC will definitely not appoint him in Pakistan matches and perhaps Sri Lanka ones too.

  • Muhammad Asif on March 19, 2008, 1:41 GMT

    The downfall of cricket can easily be attributed to pragmatic decision-making instead of principled one. The beauty of cricket is red & white, revive the next world cup with traditional colors of cricket & with the balanced rules for both bowlers & batsmen, so that best would be wineer at the end of the day, whether its bowler or batsman. Black & white is also not bad but not at the cost of red & white, give me back the beauty of cricket!

  • UM BAJWA, Islamabad on March 19, 2008, 3:47 GMT

    WELL SAID....KA

  • josh on March 19, 2008, 3:48 GMT

    nice twist.......BUT...the champions trophy is in pakistan....would he really wanna go to pakistan With all the media after him?

  • Shafiq on March 19, 2008, 3:58 GMT

    It is a shame pakistan is playing least cricket among major cricketing nations in coming months......It is all about money in ICC----and pakistan is paying price for being an incompetent board. Hair or not, doesn't matter--- The shit of Oval can never be cleaned---sadly pakistan cricket has bigger issues than Hair.

  • john on March 19, 2008, 4:13 GMT

    Hair is also a consummate racist. i remember Inzamam mentioning in an interview that Hair said that the Pakistanis appeal like monkeys. Maybe he can get Symonds to write the preface of his tedious memoirs - if Symonds can write, that is.

  • gfv on March 19, 2008, 4:29 GMT

    He's also a competent umpire, whining from the subcontinent not withstanding, if bloody minded.

    We are desperately short of competent umpires and the subcontinent is hardly providing them.

    I'm sure he will be let gone in a year exacerbating the reluctance of umpires of penalising subcontinental teams for fear of being attacked and undermined in the interest or parochial politics.

  • Saptarshi on March 19, 2008, 4:34 GMT

    There he goes again. If you are uncomfortable with Hair being re-instated u should also be uncomfortable with Bucknor. However you did seem to show great displeasure after Bucknor was removed from the Perth test

  • aa254 on March 19, 2008, 4:43 GMT

    Hi guys; get ready for more drama. This guy is definitely going to give us some more headaches. We are already struggling, and having him being incharge of affairs would surely torment the minds of our already beleagured cricketers. Allah may save us.......

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 19, 2008, 4:47 GMT

    Hair today - gone tomorrow, but this hairless, shameless, hideous monster is gonna stay for a year more to inflict further damage to the game of cricket and, to inculcate and to imbue with his partisan point of view (calling Pakistan team as "cheats") its a shame that he got away for a serious racist comment with a slap on his wrist. Some people may not agree that calling cheats is racism. But racism carries and encompasses references not only to race based bigotry but, prejudice, violence, oppression, stereotyping & discrimination. The term has varying and often hotly contested definitions. Hair showed his discrimination against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, hence I call him a racist. When he was cornered and trapped, he showed his true colours by demanding $500,000 from the ICC to shut up and to go into oblivion. When that didn't work he threatened to sue them and black mailed them. When Inzamam ul Haq and the Pakistan team were cleared of all the charges of ball tampering, it was obvious that he was lying and he is the one who should have been penalized but. he is being rewarded now! How farcical? And its a shame that the spineless body that controls the game of cricket, can bend backwards for the sake of saving a few dollars and surrendering to the terrorists like threats. Good to see Kamran Abbasi using the underworld slang "cop out" for backing down on the ICC and for surrendering to this blackmailer!