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Inzamam “disgusted” by Hair reinstatement

(CNN) — Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said he was shocked and disgusted at the reinstatement of controversial umpire Darrell Hair to the Test arena.

Inzamam was involved in a furious row with Hair at the infamous forfeited Oval Test between Pakistan and England in 2006.

Inzamam and his men were penalized five runs for ball-tampering by Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove and after refusing to take the field the Test was awarded to England.

Pakistan were later cleared of ball-tampering charges but Inzamam was given a four-match ban for misconduct, while a negative report submitted about Hair led to his ousting from the elite panel.

I am terribly shocked and disgusted at the news, Inzamam said from India, where he is playing in the rebel Indian Cricket League.

I would blame the Pakistan Cricket Board for bowing down in Hair’s case and no player will now stand against injustices at international level, Inzamam added.

Hair was at fault but he is reinstated like a hero.

News of Hair’s reinstatement was welcomed by Australian cricket authorities.

We’re pleased to see Darrell back, spokesman Peter Young said.

Cricket Australia has always had a view that he is, in a technical sense, an excellent umpire, one of the best two or three in the world.

England one-day international captain Paul Collingwood also backed the decison to bring back the 55-year-old umpire.

The times Darrell has actually umpired us I thought he has done a very good job, said Collingwood.

He’s good to talk to on the pitch, he’s very good with the players, he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Darrell does get the majority of the decision right on the pitch which is what you want.

Hair has been officiatingin one-day internationals involving non Test-playing countries, most recently Ireland against Scotland last July, and is contracted to the ICC until March 2009.
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March 19, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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