Darrell Hair: The Racist Cheater

Written by Kashif Aziz on August 21st, 2006   (3,724 views)

August 20 will go down as one of the darkest days of Test Cricket. It was day 4 of fourth and final Test between Pakistan and England. At the end of the 56th over, bowled by Danish Kaneria, Darrell Hair went over to Billy Doctrove and was seen pointing at the quarter seam. The fourth umpire, Trevor Jesty, then brought out a box of balls and the England batsmen, Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, were allowed to choose the next one to be used, in accordance with the Laws.

Law 42.3 states that in “the event of any fielder changing the condition of the ball unfairly … the umpires shall award five penalty runs to the batting side.” The Law explains that it is “unfair for anyone to rub the ball on the ground for any reason, interfere with any of the seams on the surface of the ball, use any implement, or take any other action whatsoever which is likely to alter the condition of the ball.”

The only exceptions to this rule are polishing the ball, removing mud from it and drying a wet ball on a towel. Playing regulation 42.1.2 (b) for this series also says: “In the event that a ball has been interfered with and requires replacement the batsman at the wicket shall choose the replacement ball from a selection of six other balls of various degrees of usage (including a new ball) and of the same brand as in use prior to the contravention.”

To confirm that this had been the umpires’ decision to change the ball five runs were added to England’s total, which umpire Hair signalled by patting his right hand to his left shoulder. Soon afterwards, Bob Woolmer was seen marching towards the match referee’s office before returning to the dressing room where he talked to Waqar Younis.

Reported by Cricinfo, Inzamam-ul-Haq appeared visibly incensed during the ball change and though it isn’t clear what was said, Umar Gul was withdrawn from the attack thereafter. The incident caught the commentary team by surprise as well and Rameez Raja, the Pakistan expert on the team, sounded clearly upset. Others, including Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton stressed the hope that the umpires had actually spotted someone in the act of tampering with the ball rather than presuming that marks on the ball indicated that it must have been tampered with. There is no TV footage of anything untoward being done to ball.

The whole fiasco raised a burning question, does Darrel Hair had any evidence of ball tampering? If yes, then why he had not pointed the culprit out? and if no, then his accusation was meant for the whole pakistani team. This is something to be taken seriously. Although Inzamam and his men came back to field after diplomatic efforts by Pakistani and English cricket board officials, I personally believe that they should not continue the series until and unless Darrell Hair publicly appologize for his obviously racist attitude.

The commentators were over-cautious of what’s coming out from them, on air, as noted by Sudhamshu:

Every comment that came out of any commentator’s mouth was thought over a hundred times, because of the recent bomb threat in the UK airport. As a few people of Pakistani origin were supposed to be behind that, everyone wanted to make sure that the match was being played in the right “spirit” and no love was lost between the teams. They knew that with the under-current feelings of racism would be sprouted by media sooner or later.

Note: Title of this post is credited to Teeth Maestro’s post at KMB

Update: Darrell Hair (just like his racist buddy Dean Jones) sent back home and the Test is called off. (CricInfo)

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    • 1
      Ibby Khan
      August 23rd, 2006 17:40 GMT

      Darrell Hair is a downright Racist and a white supremist. I also Wasim Akram was right last year when he said ICC is also racist.

      Darrell Hair cost us the last 2 test matches. in the third test was he blind by not giving Kevin Peterson out caught behind when everybody in the stadium including the commentators saw it was clearly out. Micheal Holding rightly said he was 100% sure Peterson was out from the commentary box.

      What do we expect from these Aussies. Dean Jones only last week called the South African Hashim Amla a terrorist. Darren Lehman called a Sri Lankan a black ****. I can go on and on.

    • 2
      August 23rd, 2006 07:40 GMT

      And he clashed with Gary Kirsten over what the South African felt were repeatedly unfair LBW calls. And he incorrectly gave Craig McDermott out caught behind against the West Indies costing Australia the match and the series.

      Were these racist decisions as well?

      Be very careful before you throw around words like racist. From where I stand, it just seems to be a convenient way to dismiss legitimate criticism.

      There were two umpires out there. Is Doctrove also a racist?

    • 3
      M Babar
      August 22nd, 2006 22:43 GMT

      Umpire Darrell Hair will definitely not figure in the good books of any cricket playing nation from Asia (Indian Sub-continent to be precise). First, it was his bold move to call 7 No-Balls to the deliveries bowled by Sri Lankan spinner Mutthiah Muralitharan, labelling him as a “Chucker”. He had heated exchanges with the Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga who threatened to walk off. Second, was an incident with Saurav Ganguly who was chided for looking at replays of an incorrect lbw decision by himself. He was told, “That screen is not for you, its for the crowd.” Third, was when he banned Danish Kaneria from bowling, because he entered the “Danger Area” on the pitch too many times after many warnings. Kaneria swore he wasnt warned.

    • 4
      August 22nd, 2006 19:44 GMT

      Hair is not a racist. If he was, it would be more likely to be reflected in LBWs or other 50-50 decisions, not headling grabbing issues like throwing or ball tampering. I’m yet to see any stats supporting this.

      Abdul Qadir lost his job at PTV two years ago because of ball tampering insinuations. Is he a racist too? What about Doctrove, who supported Hair’s decision? Maybe Pakistan should deal with its own problems before throwing accusations around at others.

    • 5
      Kashif Aziz
      August 22nd, 2006 13:10 GMT

      @Rob: Thanks for your sentiments.

      @Beau Peep: Hmmm… You have got an interesting theory there :)

      @Jawed: So far it seems that Hair has the upper hand and Inzi may be banned for next few matches, unless PCB puts its full support behind him.

      Say NO to Racism.

    • 6
      Jawed Ali
      August 22nd, 2006 12:13 GMT

      Hair is another austrailian with big filthy mouth and biased behavior. His country man Dean Jones, the former Australia Test batsman turned TV commentator, has been sacked by his employers, Ten Sports, after being heard calling South African player Hashim Amla a ‘terrorist’ on live television during the fourth day’s play between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Colombo.


      One thing I want to share that we going away from the real issue i.e. why Hair accused Pakistan of cheating without any proof. Match forfiet or loose or draw isn’t important now. Hair should be fired or sacked from the elite panel, he doesn’t deserve that place. We should unite and say in one voice, he has be biased against all Asian teams.

    • 7
      Beau Peep
      August 22nd, 2006 11:38 GMT

      Hair is not a cheater in the strictest of terms. Actually he is an Aussie saboteur planned and planted by Cricket Australia in ICC to make sure that a few things happen their way. I have explained why I think so here in my post.

    • 8
      Rob McDonald
      August 22nd, 2006 09:35 GMT

      As an Aussie, I am ashamed at Darrel Hair’s disgraceful decision. Pakistan are right to take the action that they took, I would have done the same thing if I were the captain.

      Most Australians still believe that Murali is a chucker, no matter how many times he has been cleared. These sorts of accusations are highly defamatory, and no amount of PR or can stop the mud from sticking. Darrel Hair of all people, should understand the ramifications of his actions, and yet he still chose to do it without any evidence.

    • 9
      Kashif Aziz
      August 21st, 2006 10:18 GMT

      Yeah, this is fist incident of its kind in 128 years of Test Cricket.

    • 10
      August 21st, 2006 08:08 GMT

      This guy has a history of being a racist and a cheater. The fact that ICC has been endorsing this refree tent amounts on ICC endorsing racism and cheating in this age and day. A very sad day for cricket itself … no more a gentlemans game.

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