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28 August, 2006

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The ongoing ball-tempering controversy took a dramatic turn on last Friday when the International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive, Malcolm Speed revealed that the controversial umpire Darrell Hair offered to resign from the International Cricket Council`s elite umpiring panel in exchange for $500,000.

The ICC was due to hold a disciplinary hearing for Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, on Friday on the charges of alleged ball-tampering and bringing the game into disrepute, but that was postponed because of the unavailability of ICC referee Ranjan Madugalle, with a new date expected to have been set on Friday. Instead, Speed dropped his bombshell.

"On Tuesday 22 August I was handed a letter written on that day by Darrell Hair to Doug Cowie, who is the ICC Umpires and Referees Manager," Speed said. "When I received the letter it is fair to say I was extremely surprised by the content and concerned as to how I should deal with it. In the letter Darrell Hair offered to leave his job as a top official in the ICC in exchange for a payment of $500,000.

After receiving the offer from Hair, Speed was advised by lawyers to disclose the contents to the Pakistan Cricket Board as they were relevant to the disciplinary case against Inzamam. Having informed the PCB, Speed then felt compelled to make the documents public.

Hair has since withdrawn his letter, but there is significant doubt as to whether he will ever umpire at international level again. Speed acknowledged that the latest development could impact upon the ongoing investigation into Pakistan`s alleged ball-tampering.

Here are some questions

1) Does Hair`s demand for 500,000 dollars prove the innocence of Inzmam-ul-Haq and malafide intention of the umpire?
2) If yes, what could be the motive behind Hair`s move?
3) Do you support Inzamam`s decision in protest against Hair`s allegations?
4) Do you think that Hair should be allowed to umpire at international level again?

Reader Comments:

good decision

yes inzamam take a good decision against hair because he is a selfish umprir and take a wrong decision against him in the past i think hair will be dismissed

muhammad.Ali, Pakistan - 05 September, 2006

it is really annoying how some of the empires in the cricket community are allowed to go on like this. inzimaam and the pakistani team have been granted an oppurtunity to do something about.
they should make the most of it.
Hope we can get a Pakistani umpire in the elite panel

umair razzak, Pakistan - 07 September, 2006

It was an excellant

There will be no more place in international cricket for sucha selfish umpires who is not fair with such a gentelmans' game. I think Inzi will prove that he is a good player like a good person.

Yasir CHAUDHRY, United Kingdom - 07 September, 2006

Good Decision

i fink inzamam take a good decision in protest against Hair's Allegation.... Becoz Hair's take a wrong decision... and i must appreciate Inzamam's Decision.. v r proud of u >>>INZAMAM UL HAQ<<< .

M. Nav, Pakistan - 07 September, 2006

malafide intension

In my opinion darrell hair's malafide has been proved by demanding us$500,000

hananeel, Pakistan - 14 September, 2006

Apologise

I think Inzy should have come out on time and gotten on with the game, it was almost won on paper. Why did he tamper with the ball in the forst place - please dont blame racism. Our team, in the past has tampered, even Aafridi said that it is very diff to won without 'doctoring' the ball.

korny, Pakistan - 15 September, 2006

Hair's Actions.

Dear Sir / Madam,
I am a Sri Lankan who migrated to Australia in 1984.
The action of Mr. Hair, and a good deal of the Australian people towrds people of colour, and therby coloured international cricket teams does not surprise me.
The answer to my above observation should to addressed to the Australian Aboriginal people of today, even though many Australians would state that Australia is a free and egalitarian society and country.
Yours Sincerely,
M. R. Somasunderam.


Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam., Pakistan - 17 September, 2006

English Classes

Why Inzy does not take some English classes and improve the verbal commnication..That is least expected from such a world class team..

julius, Canada - 24 September, 2006

Cricket Lagaan Tax -Hair Inzam vs Can- Pak soldiers casualties

Every one made good decision according to their motive.Inzam was firm
on his conviction. Hair was trying to re-enact lagan cricket colony
syndrome.

Z.billo, Pakistan - 27 September, 2006

Darrell Hair is a racist umpire!

In reality umpire hair is pure Racist and wretched person. He should be banned definitely. He doesnot like coloured people.I have been living here nearly all my life, adores good cricket but Hair the green eyed monster have completly whitewashed true sportsmanship.
On the other hand Inzi poor lad, I hope he gets fair trail. I would not judge him by the ball tampering incident; just as I wouldn't judge John Lever by his use of vaseline in Delhi in 1976.
I am sorry to say but I never find anything special with white skin people, they just arrogant assoles!
Goodluck inzee...may God be with you !


Roma, United Arab Emirates - 28 September, 2006

Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam if you don't like australia or australian people there is another option you know. LEAVE!

towelhead, Pakistan - 04 April, 2007

towelhead, Pakistan

Dear Sir / Madam,
I am totally surprised that towelhead of Pakistan has personally attacked me.
I am disappointed, because I only based my views on historical circumstances, or facts, and not on subjective analysis.
The Aboriginal people of Australia are the indigenous people of Australia, and their story or circumstance is not subjective, nor is the "White Australia" policy, which Australia officially adopted until the early 1970s a subjective aspect. Therefore, it is fair to state that some Australian people are racist because of their lack of exposure to other cultures. This is changing, but it will take some time for total acceptance to take place in all areas.
I did not state that Australia is bad, or that the Australian people are all prejudicial.
In conclusion if one has a views based on facts it does on mean that they have to leave Australia.
Yours Sincerely,
Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.


Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam., Aruba - 30 April, 2007

To Mr Towelhead

Dear Mr Towelhead,
You have mentioned for me to leave Australia, if I do not like the Australian people.
My answer is that if you criticise Pakistan or its people, should you leave the country?
I realise truth is better for all concerned or at least most people and communities, but I am sure if you read my comments carefully they are based on facts, not prejudice, as you seem to imply from your comments.
The fact is that Australia does have discrimination based on race and colour, and this is prevalent on the Indian overseas students studying in Australia and the treatment of the Aboriginal people. The same takes place in most countries, where minority communities are discriminated on race, colour, religion, regionalism and gender. Therefore, you personally should not feel offended or affronted when I mentioned about Australians, unless you believe that it is factually incorrect or that I must bend down to people, based on colour or race. I realise two wrongs do not make a situation correct, because sometimes or on most occasions within a given community discrimination does exists, but it is important to recognise it and address it for its given need, and requirement. This therefore does not mean that every Australian is bad or that they are not equitable, but it was an opinion of mine, which was based on history and fact. If not, please correct me, because like everyone, I am not always right in all my evaluations and judgements, and I recognise this fact. Nevertheless, please correct me if I am incorrect or wrong, but this does not mean that I need to leave Australia for it.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.



Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam, Pakistan - 12 September, 2009

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