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November 15, 2006
Umpire Billy Doctrove has said that he is relieved to be back into the international fold, after the controversial Oval Test in September. Doctrove will officiate in the five-match one-day series between India and South Africa which begins on Saturday.
Doctrove partnered Darrell Hair at The Oval where Pakistan forfeited the Test after Hair accused them of ball-tampering. Doctrove and Hair were omitted from the Champions Trophy in India following an ICC hearing, and Hair was subsequently banned by the ICC. Doctrove described the period as "one of the most testing moments in his career", and was determined to put the controversy behind him.
"I have always been a positive person and it is my intention to go out there and continue to do what I have been doing and do my best so that I can make myself, my family and my country proud," he told The West Indies Cricket Board's official website. "What has happened has happened. The controversies are all behind me. I consider them as history."
Doctrove, who has umpired in nine Tests and 56 one-dayers, was confident that he wouldn't be under intense scrutiny when he takes the field again.
"I do not believe that there is any additional pressure placed on me because of what happened at The Oval," he added. "You have to take your bruises in life and get up and fight. That is exactly what I am doing."
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