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Hair unlikely to umpire Pakistan: report

According to ICC General Manager, Dave Richardson, it is unlikely that reinstated umpire Darrell Hair will be officiating in matches involving Pakistan.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2008 05:00 PM IST

The International Cricket Council is considering not to appoint the just reinstated Elite Umpire Darrell Hair for the matches involving the sub-continent team, said a top ICC official.

ICC General Manager Dave Richardson said matches involving Pakistan would not be on Hair's immediate agenda.

"We would have to take a sensible approach. We will probably keep him away from Pakistan matches where we can," Richardson told BBC Radio today.

"We don't want to put umpires in an almost impossible position where any mistake they might make would be under such scrutiny that the pressure becomes impossible," he said.

But Richardson indicated that the Australian would not be barred from officiating in all matches involving Asian teams.

"It's pointless having an umpire on the elite panel who is excluded from umpiring certain teams. There are always going to be stages in an umpire's career when he is not flavour of the month, but he will come up against an Asian team at some stage," he said.

Inzamam-ul Haq-led Pakistan team had refused to continue play after tea on the fourth day of the Oval Test between Pakistan and England in August 2006 after Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove penalised them five runs on charges of ball tampering.

Hair and Doctrove then called off the match, leading to the first-ever forfeiture in the history of Test cricket.

An ICC adjudicator later cleared Pakistan of ball tampering charges but banned Inzamam for four matches for misconduct while submitting a negative report about Hair which led to his ouster from the Elite Panel of umpires.

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