The Hair-Inzamam issue was expected to explode and it did.
The issue has gone beyond the limits of cricket and the argument now borders on racism in cricket.
Do sportsmen cheat? Maybe they do. But is it right to selectively punish someone while sparing others?
That's the question surfers seem to ask. And their support for Inzamam seems to grow by the day.
Deepak Jain writing from Dubai, UAE had this to say.
"There is absolutely no doubt about it. Using the ICC rules and heritage as a shield, Darrel Hair and Malcolm Speed are doing what has gone on for the last 200 years, bias against Asian teams.
Any good or even average umpire gives benefit of the doubt to the guilty party.
But Hair, and history supports it, has consistently adjudged Asian players guilty.
I am Indian but totally and wholeheartedly support Inzamam and Pakistan on this issue.
If Hair is unable to prove tampering, he should never ever be allowed inside an international cricket field to officiate. We should collectively boycott the ICC and then let them play Ashes to their heart's content. Everyone knows where the real money is.
Even in football, if referees make blunders, they are immediately removed from subsequent matches as was evident in the recently concluded World Cup, so why not here?"
Neetu Vyas from New Delhi thought little of her India-versus-Pakistan rivalry and threw her weight behind Inzamam.
"This is not the first time that such kind of racism has been subjected on Asian players. I'm an Indian and feel that India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lankan teams should join hands and protest. What Inzamam did should be praised, I'm 100 per cent sure he did not tamper with the ball."
Shekhar from Mumbai felt "India is not doing a good job by siding with the ICC".
Akhond of Melbourne, Australia, agreed that Hair had a problem with Asian teams. Here's how he puts it.
"As a cricket lover I have followed umpire Hair for a long time. He probably is the only umpire who has a big problem with the sub-continent players. The Oval Test is going to be very disturbing for him. To accuse a national team merely on suspicion is not going to be accepted by any team."
Karachi's Rizwan was understandably livid about the episode.
"Didn't Pakistan lose the third Test because of Hair's three bad decisions? Doesn't anybody know what his behaviour is with sub continent teams, especially with Pakistan?
You don't need any special camera to see that how he behaves with Pakistan. Whatever decision ICC takes against Inzamam or Pakistan to save their pride or conceal their racist approach, it would be a crime not to accept or believe that Hair is no racist!"
However, Abdus Salam from Lahore was more measured in his indictment of Hair.
"The way chosen by Hair was not correct. He humiliated the Pakistani side. He should have shown the ball to Inzamam before replacing it but he imposed his decision like a dictator. This was not fair play at all."
Samiullah writing from Seoul, Korea insisted that such incidents did nothing for the game of cricket.
"What happened during the last Test match between Pakistan and England was the worst day in the history of cricket. I think Inzamam should have stay out till the matter was solved."
However, not all were forgiving. A person writing under the pseudonym Lotus from Ahmedabad feels Inzamam's behaviour was certainly not above board.
"Pakistan and Inzamam both are guilty and they should be penalised. Why is ICC taking so much time, I can't understand?"
RK Mehta of New Delhi too felt ICC was being fair. "ICC does not follow different yardstick. Asian countries should stay away from the controversy, as any such union will be more racial. Umpires were right and they took the absolutely correct decision."
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