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ICC may appoint Hair for Champions Trophy


The International Cricket Council (ICC) could appoint Australian umpire Darrell Hair for the Champions Trophy in India despite Pakistani protests over his role in last month’s Oval Test fiasco.

Pakistan became the first team to forfeit a Test match when they refused to take the field during the fourth day of the final Test against England on August 20. The players were protesting a decision by Hair and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove to change the ball and penalise them five runs for alleged ball tampering.

Pakistan have squarely blamed Hair and are demanding the ICC omit the senior umpire from next month’s Champions Trophy, a One-day International (ODI) tournament second in importance only to the World Cup.

An ICC spokesman said Hair would be considered although a final decision would be made only after Chief Executive Malcolm Speed returned from China on Friday. “Hair is one of our leading umpires and that would mean he would be under consideration,” the ICC spokesman Brian Murgatroyd said on Thursday.
Source:The News

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