Sri Lanka's World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga wants Darrel Hair to be taken off ICC Elite Umpires panel in the wake of the revelation that the Australian had offered to quit his post in exchange of money following the ball tampering row.
Ranatunga, who had threatened to walk-out on Sri Lanka's tour of Australia in 1997-98 when Muttiah Muralitharan was called for chucking in a one-day match, said "bad characters" like Hair were spoiling relations between countries by their conduct and it was time the ICC took a firm action against him.
"ICC should take a very firm action. Hair has had enough problems in the past. The ICC had taken off Hair from their panel earlier, they should do that again. Keep him out for some time and rehabilitate him before bringing him back again," he told PTI.
Ranatunga said issues like these were souring relations between two teams.
"With issues like these, relations between two countries suffer the most. (Because of Hair's decision to call Murali) the Australian fans jeered our team when they toured Down Under last. People get angry with countries because of the conduct of some of the officials."
Taking a swipe at Hair, Ranatunga said the Aussie "might come out with a book in three months, it will sell very good."