ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pakistan warns ICC over appointment of Hair


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has told the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shun Australian umpire Darrell Hair for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in India.

A well-placed Board source said on Tuesday that the ICC had been informed in writing that if Hair was put on the umpires’ panel for the Champions Trophy, it would consider a strong action including a pull-out option from the event.

The PCB is due to take on Hair in a disciplinary hearing of the ICC in September 27 and 28 which will hear the charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute against captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Pakistan pleaded not guilty to both charges and have hired a team of lawyers to defend them.

The row erupted between the Pakistan team and Hair during the final day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval last month when the umpires decided to change the ball and penalise the Pakistanis five runs for alleged ball tampering. Pakistan refused to accept Hair’s verdict and declined to come out after tea, resulting in the umpires awarding the match to England.

“Pakistan is very clear on Hair’s future appointments. It does not want him appointed either in the Champions Trophy or any other series in which is Pakistan is playing,” the source said.

He stated that the PCB had also sent another strong letter to the ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed with reference to the warning he issued to Inzamam and the PCB to refrain from speaking on The Oval incident. “The Board chairman has asked Speed that whether the ICC code of conduct allowed (Speed) or Hair to also make public comments.”

Shaharyar Khan, when asked if Pakistan would accept Hair in the Champions Trophy, said the Board had taken the desired steps to ensure no crisis arose.

Source:The News

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