October 9, 2007

Statement following the conclusion of Darrell's Hair race discrimination case

The following statement was read to the Central London Employment Tribunal on Tuesday:

"Darrell Hair has withdrawn unconditionally his allegations of race discrimination against the ICC Board, its management and staff.

"Darrell Hair has undertaken to work with ICC management over the next six months in accordance with a rehabilitation programme to be devised by the ICC in consultation with the (ICC) Umpires' Manager.

"At its scheduled meeting in March 2008, the ICC Board will consider the results of the programme and will then consider whether and, if so on what terms, Darrell Hair may return to umpiring (Elite Panel) Full Member Test matches and One-Day Internationals.

"In the mean time, Darrell Hair will continue to umpire in Associate Member matches if and when selected."

ICC President Ray Mali said: "There has been an unconditional withdrawal of the allegations by Darrell. These allegations were serious and so we had no option but to defend them. We are pleased the issue has been resolved and we can now move on."

James Fitzgerald is ICC Communications Officer