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Hair in big trouble, says Inzamam

Questioning Hair's role in the forfeited Test, Inzy says, "I don't know why he was not interested in playing. I was quite happy to play the game."

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 11:22 IST

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday claimed umpire Darrell Hair was in "big trouble" due to his role during the forfeited Oval Test match as well as the subsequent events that transpired.

"Darrell is in big trouble, I don't know why he is doing these things," Inzamam said, referring to the controversial match and the e-mails the Australian umpire sent to the ICC a few days later.

He claimed Pakistan were ready to resume play after a delay following the tea break on the fourth day, and were prepared to take the field even on the final day of the match.

"I was quite happy to play the game after half an hour - and then the next day - because we had launched our protest. I don't know why he was not interested in playing," Inzamam told Sky Sports.

Pakistan Cricket Board has written to the International Cricket Council demanding an inquiry into Hair's conduct in the Test and asked that it be scrutinised before Inzamam's disciplinary hearing next month into charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.

Inzamam expressed confidence that the hearing scheduled for the end of September will exonerate him of the twin charges.

"I'm sure 100 per cent because I have done nothing," Inzamam said.

"That is why I am doing these things, because I know we are not guilty and that is why we take this stance," the Pakistan captain said.

First Published: Aug 30, 2006 14:14 IST