The Darrell Hair Affair
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Pakistan forfeited the 2006 Oval Test against England after being accused by umpire Darrell Hair of ball-tampering. They were subsequently cleared and Hair sidelined out of international umpiring, leading him to sue over alleged racial discrimination. Hair made a comeback to Test umpiring in mid-2008.
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Feb 1, 2009

ICC does U-turn on 2006 Oval Test result

News: The ICC has decided to change the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan from a draw to an English victory, reversing an earlier decision

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 30, 2009

PCB to resist reversing Oval Test result

News: The PCB is expected to throw up a firm defence against reversing the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 30, 2008

Former PCB chief cautions ICC over reversing Oval Test result

News: Shahryar Khan, the former PCB chairman, has cautioned the ICC against overturning the result of the controversial England-Pakistan Test at The Oval

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jul 12, 2008

MCC secretary not in favour of altered result

News: The MCC has asked the ICC to reverse its decision to alter the forfeited Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval in 2006 into a draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jul 6, 2008

ICC out of control

Ian Chappell: The game's governing body has surpassed itself with its moves over Zimbabwe and the Oval Test forfeiture

Ian Chappell

Jul 5, 2008

Holding quits ICC cricket committee

News: Michael Holding has resigned from the ICC cricket committee because the result of the 2006 Oval Test was changed

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jul 3, 2008

ICC changes Oval forfeiture to draw

News: The ICC has changed the result of the controversial Oval Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 from an English victory to a draw, following pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board during the annual ICC meeting in Dubai

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 11, 2008

Pakistan want forfeited Test to be overturned

News: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the ICC to change the result of the Oval Test result against England

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 9, 2008

Bucknor's blackballing bodes badly

Andrew Miller: What will the dumping of umpire Steve Bucknor mean for attracting umpires in the future?

Andrew Miller

Oct 30, 2007

Hair walked out of ball-tampering meeting

News: Darrell Hair lost his temper and walked out of a meeting conducted by match referee Mike Procter on the evening of the fourth day of the infamous Oval Test, according to Duncan Fletcher, the former England coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 9, 2007

Hair takes on the ICC

News: Timeline of the events leading to Darrell Hair's legal action against the ICC

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 4, 2007

Reverse swinging in the court

Ivo Tennant listens in as Darrell Hair explains reverse-swing

Ivo Tennant in London

Oct 4, 2007

No-shows, shaky recall and bombast

Ivo Tennant reports that the fourth day of the Darrell Hair tribunal is more about who wasn't there than who was

Ivo Tennant in London

Oct 2, 2007

Hair's claims of discrimination not correct - PCB chief

News: PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf has questioned Darrel Hair's claims that he was a victim of discrimination by the ICC and said he was willing to appear at the tribunal if required

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 2, 2007

A legal joust

Ivo Tennant looks at the men conducting the cross-examinations in the Darrell Hair hearing

Ivo Tennant in London

Sep 22, 2007

Inzamam summoned as witness in Hair's Oval law suit

News: Inzamam-ul-Haq has been summoned as a witness by a London tribunal hearing umpire Darrel Hair's suit against the ICC and the Pakistan board for racial discrimination in the aftermath of the Oval controversy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Feb 25, 2007

Hair drops charges against Pakistan board

News: Darrell Hair, the Australian umpire at the heart of the Oval controvery last year, has decided not to take legal action against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for racial discrimination

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 5, 2006

Ranatunga endorses Hair's removal

News: Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lankan captain, has welcomed the ICC's decision to ban Darrell Hair from umpiring in internationals

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 4, 2006

Ponting backs under-fire Hair

News: Ricky Ponting has said that umpire Darrell Hair's reported removal from the ICC elite umpiring panel is surprising. Ponting defended Hair by saying he simply stood up for what he thought was right

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 4, 2006

Hair banned from officiating in internationals

News: Darrell Hair, the Australian umpire who accused Pakistan of ball tampering during the Oval Test in August against England this summer, has been banned from umpiring in internationals

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Mumbai
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