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Darrell Hair: The Racist Cheater

Written by Kashif Aziz on August 21st, 2006   (5,707 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Inzamam-ul-Haq appeared visibly incensed during the ball change and though it isn’t clear what was said, Umar Gul was withdrawn from the attack thereafter.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
      October 3rd, 2007 16:12 GMT

      I was going to comment on your article but the article and the comments published here are generally such purile claptrap that I dont want to demean my self except to say, like the africans who blame all their ills and colonialism and apartheid and never take responsibility for their own actions, you and your correspondents are in the same league. When all reason and common sense fails, resort to the rascist card!!
      You are the biggest rascists of all.

    • 2
      Sherwin Gomes
      February 9th, 2007 15:54 GMT

      I think the time has come for the ICC to say to Mr. Darrell Hair
      “Enough is Enough”
      For him to even think that the ICC is “Racist” let alone insulting
      this great Headquarters(The place where he bloated up his egoistic
      self feeding on the ICC’s mistake of letting him into their inner sanctum) shows the true character of the man.
      He is nothing short of an ARROGANT VILLAIN and deserves to be
      dispatched like a ball which sails over the Melbourne Pavillion hit by
      the ICC chief.(bowler??? Aussie Cricket Board)
      ICC take courage the whole right-minded cricketing fraternity is with
      you. We will not allow you to be disgraced by these warped individuals
      who think that they are bigger than the Game.
      And also be extra careful with the people you invite home
      they come in(all bowing,hat-in-hand),the engorge themselves with you food(see how much he has earned),
      they defecate in your parlour(see how much acrimony he has spread around the cricket world),and later tell the world that you were unfair to them(How about that letter demanding 50′000/=smackers,and now the court action.)


    • 3
      Ruchira Perera
      August 28th, 2006 11:12 GMT

      i perfectly agree with all allegations levied against him. once he no balled Murali & now forfeited a match, which Pakistan could have otherwise won. He seems to be a man who will do anything for money. May be he called Murali, because some racist aussie promised to give him some dollars. In future also, there is no guarantee that he will not call a subcontinenet bowler or forfeit a game should some one offer him few dollars.

      Come on Darrel Hair, the racist cheater & fellow racist aussies for self destructing themselves.

    • 4
      August 27th, 2006 23:02 GMT

      Hey guys, dont forget to visit this website:


      It is dedicated to controversies by this umpire, alot of background information from neutral sources and it site even lets u protest directly to ICC in couple of clicks! lets get rid of this guy!

    • 5
      My Conscience
      August 26th, 2006 11:44 GMT

      I am a Pakistani, I’m furious just like every other Pakistani but I don’t think Darrell Hair is a racist. I think he is a foolish umpire that lets his emotions over-ride his better judgement.

      Looking at the current uproar, I cannot say for certain if he is an honest umpire either. If he is willing to retire in “exchange” for US$500,000, who’s to say he would not be willing to (or have been willing in the past) to give lbw’s, no-balls, run-outs, chucking allegations, etc, etc, in exchange for a little financial renumeration. That’s something to think about.

    • 6
      babar khan
      August 25th, 2006 02:25 GMT

      yaar i think ………hair …… dean jones …daren lehman…and all aussies are same they all do slaging and bad things which does hurt peoples feeling and diginity …….moreover ifeel pakistan should not paly until or unless darrel hair should be ban

    • 7
      bilal hidayat
      August 24th, 2006 19:57 GMT

      hair is a racist cheater yes. he subtracted 4 runs off salman butt coz he thought he was running on the pitch when camera showed he didnt. actions against danish kaneria and murli, more than 15 dicisions of lbw’s that i remember went against pakistan coz of that sucker….well he’s a big looser, racist, fat ass, motherfucker (add on few more buddies) and MUST MUST MUST be removed from umpiring penal and should be put in ICC’s penus

    • 8
      August 24th, 2006 13:18 GMT

      All white umpires are racist, even if subconsciously. We must get rid of them all so the sub-continent can win. For that matter the Caribbean umpires seem to also be bias. Must be some sort of hatred of their own colour. We must get rid of them too.

      And rename this article “Whities: The Racist Cheaters”

    • 9
      August 24th, 2006 05:53 GMT

      Thats just great Ibby. Just ignore all criticism from all Australians because we’re all such racists. If you’d ever actually been to Australia, you’d know that there are a hell of a lot of Indians, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans over here too, most of whom have never encountered racism in Australia in their lives.

      Not every umpire gets every decision right. I’ve already given examples of where Hair got other critical decisions wrong. This doesn’t make him a bad umpire. Its entirely expected for an umpire with such a long career.

      Of course, Doctrove has made mistakes involving Pakistan before, such as the first test against the West Indies in 2000. He also failed to give Cook out in the third test for a clear inside edge. So presumably on this evidence he would be just as much a racist as Darrell Hair.

      Its very, very bad to call an individual a racist on the basis of decisions they’ve given in a cricket match. Its even more destructive and hypocritical to then apply that to the entire nation that individual represents. In case you’ve forgotten the definition of racism, Ibby, its when one unfairly judges an opinion or person on the basis of race or nationality. You are unfairly judging all Australians based on the statements of their countrymen. The only racism being exhibited thus far is by yourself.

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