The Darrell Hair saga September 12, 2007

Doctrove to back Hair in ICC hearing

Cricinfo staff

Reunited: Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove © Getty Images
A report in The Sunday Times says that Darrell Hair will be backed in his legal action against the ICC for racial discrimination by Billy Doctrove, his fellow umpire during the controversial Oval Test in 2006.

The case, which will be heard at the London office of the Tribunals Service, starts on October 1. Also expected to appear on Hair's behalf are John Jameson, former assistant secretary of MCC, and Jimmy Adams, the former West Indies captain.

Although Hair has remained on the ICC's elite panel, he has not officiated in a major match since August 2006 and has been limited to a handful of Associate games. His contract with the ICC expires in March next year and will not be renewed.

Hair will be represented by Robert Griffiths QC, an MCC committeeman, while he will be opposed by Michael Beloff QC.

"I look forward to this matter being over and done with so my wife and I can get on with our lives," Hair said.