Darrell Hair the Racist Cheater

Just a few moments ago, Pakistan while playing in the 4th Test Match vs England on the 4th day has been accused without evidence of ball tampering. Darrell Hair who has repeatedly been a very biased umpire ruling many times against the cricketers of the Indo-Pak region has yet again proved his bias today. The ball under question was about 54 overs old and at this stage was naturally reverse swinging, this raised suspicion in the mind of Darrell Hair and he replaced the old ball offering the choice of the new ball to the batsmen who naturally selected a better ball. In this accusation the English batsmen were also awarded five penalty runs. All commentators were also surprised to see this decision and the TV crew has still yet to produce any hint of such ball tampering despite the presence of over 10 24 cameras fully focused on the field

I would like the Pakistani community to raise hell and push the ICC to ask for proof of ball tampering, it is actually accusing the Pakistan team of cheating without even a hint of false play (unless they show the evidence), if they find no evidence and this is based on a hunch decision by Darrell Hair then we must ask for his expulsion from the cricket world immediately.

Latest Update:The Match was forfeited and awarded to England, I now strongly stress that Pakistan should ask for an UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGY from Darrell Hair for falsely accusing the team for cheating. Lets not buckle under the Gora pressure

UPDATE: After a lot of closed door meetings at The Oval the Pakistani team had finally accepted to come on to the field, but as soon as they emerge from the dressing room they are greeted with a lot of booing by the English crowd, once on the field the Pakistani team was sent back into the dressing room as the Umpires have ruled the match stands forfeited. This mess is bound to get worse.

UPDATE 2: It appears as if the ICC still has not issued any official clarification apart from a brief comment that there are intense negotiations underway and there might be chance for play tomorrow. In my opinion its a good time for Pakistan to stand tall and push for some serious apologies across the board

UPDATE 3: It’s just been noted that the ICC office will be closed tomorrow. “The day has been declared a holiday in Dubai to mark the Ascension of the Prophet (PBUH). The office will be open as normal on Sunday 20 August (8.30am – 5pm) and, after the day off, it will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 22 August.” — Cricinfo. WOW this is going to get really interesting, someone needs to wake up and solve this mess even if it means calling someone to work on a holiday in Dubai.

UPDATE 4: The status of the match is being reviewed; they may strip it of Test status – that’s all we know from the meeting so far. Darrell Hair has gone home, If they have to do have to appoint a new umpire, to call it a Test match could prompt anarchy. There is speculation among the press corps that Darrell Hair may be replaced mid-Test. It’s up to the ICC to decide whether they can change the rules mid-match, but that could set a dangerous precedent. — Cricinfo

UPDATE 5 The fourth and final test has been called off — Cricinfo. I hope that Pakistan gives the ICC a tough time and seriously lodges its protest against Darrell Hair for making a mockery of the Pakistan name and the cricketing world.

UPDATE 6: The test match has been awarded to England as the umpires decided that Pakistan forfeited the match. In a very idiotic joint statement by PCB & ECB they have also decided to forfeited the match. Its sad to see it come to such an end, I strongly stress that Pakistan should ask for an UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGY from Darrell Hair for falsely accusing the team for cheating. Lets not buckle under the Gora pressure

74 Comments so far

  1. Prateek Sharma (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

    This is completely outrageous..the Paki team seems to be absolutely clean but the umpire who is an Australian is a racist madman..australians havent done it for the first time..it was not even a week since Dean jones had apologised for commenting on Amla and this Fat umpire comes up with another episode, guys people here at India are with the Paki team as well..we support Inzi and his team

  2. nocturnal (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    Pakistanis were right to protest…


    Did Darrell Hair actually see a member of the Pakistan team tampering with the cricket ball? Has he got proof? If he hasn’t then he has made a massive mistake. If I had been accused of cheating in this way then, as long as I was sure of our innocence, I would have done exactly the same as Pakistan.”

    Nasser Hussain Former England captain

    “If Darrell Hair doesn’t have proof of ball tampering he’s on very thin ice. This is not an lbw or a caught behind decision.”

    Tom Cartwright Former England all-rounder and Wales National Coach

    “We didn’t cheat, the judge and jury made their decision before we were given a chance to state our case.”

    Bob Woolmer Pakistan coach

  3. Adnan (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

    Farhan you might like to read this


  4. meeno (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    Hair is not racist, he’s biased and imcompetent and has been forever. Not only is really good at ruling against sub-continent teams. He’s been a thorn in the side of South Africa for years. He is incapable of unbiased umpring – has consistently produced howlers for decisions , yet for years has got away with it. never been sanctioned for his atroucious and biased decisions. the blame lies with the ECB as much as it does with Hair. He’s not fit to umpair school matches, let alone internationals.

  5. Tom (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    In response to the article and Bob Woolmer’s comments, it is not up to Darrell Hair to consider the political ramifications of his decisions. It’s his job to come to a conclusion on whether or not the ball has been tampered with. Given that he’s seen a lot of cricket and a lot of cricket balls, and given he had the support of the experienced West Indian Doctrove, and given that he’s officiated many tests involving sub-continental teams, but this is the first time he’s called anyone for ball tampering, I think, like all umpires, he should be given the benefit of the doubt.

    If Hair was genuinely racist, it would be more likely to be reflected in more subtle, contentious decisions than in headline grabbing issues like chucking and ball tampering. I am yet to see any statistics regarding LBWs or other decisions that show he is biased in that way.

    Maybe it is time for the sub-continental cricket world to pull their head out of the sand and realise that there is no global conspiracy out to get them. The problems that are represented in the national teams in these countries are symptomatic of problems in the domestic game. Suspect actions are not weeded out at an early age, so bowlers like Muralitharan, Akthar and Shabbir Ahmed come to test cricket with bad actions. Pakistanis won’t even tolerate insinuations of ball tampering from their own test players, such as Abdul Qadir when he was sacked by PTV two years ago.

    Stop looking for scapegoats. Fix up the sport within your own country before you start blaming anyone else.

  6. nocturnal (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

    @ TOM.

    You forgot to mention Brett Lee whose bowling action was also questioned by the Umpiers later he was cleared by the ICC like Murali and Shoaib.

    So according to your criterion Austrlain board shud scrap their current domstic infrastructurecuz they trained a bowler whose bowling action is not upto the standards thats why umpires reported agaisnt him.

    And if australians have bad infrastructure then all other countries shud immediately stop playing playing cricket cuz Ausralian domestic cricket is best in the world BUT AS TOM THINKS IF ANY PARTICULAR BOWLER’S ACTION IS BEING QUESTIONED THEN WHOLE SYSTEM IS CRAP.


    Cud you plz recall Mick Atherton’s (former english captian) infamous DIRT SCANDAL.HE WAS CAUGHT ON THE CAMERA RUBBING DIRT FROM HIS POCKET INTO THE BALL.

  7. robin (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 5:00 am

    I dont know if Darrell Hair is a Racist, but he is clearly a blinkered pedant. I cant think of any other current international umpire that, with diplomacy, not rule-bending, would not have prevented this miserable debacle. This was a great Test Match at the end of a great Test series, watched by millions of people. But maybe most importantly at the moment, it was a celebration of sporting comradery between Muslim and British folk. Long may Darrell Hair and the various committees ponder that.

  8. wasiq (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 7:36 am

    akkha india jaanta hai hum tum pey marta hai….!
    your insult is my insult……!
    (no chance of an ODI series….great! chalo chalo birmingham chalo….khala ney phajey dey paay pakaay ney ……)
    john johnny garma garm tara rara rara ram….!

  9. Tom (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 8:09 am

    So what Robin? Is he meant to ignore the rules of the game? Any umpire that thought a team was tampering with the ball, but did nothing about it, is committing a far greater sin than what Hair has done. I say again, its not up to Hair (or Doctrove) to assess the political ramifications of their decisions. Its just up to them to use their judgement to decide.

    And Nocturnal, try and express your thoughts a little more calmly if you want to be taken seriously.

    Any system that produces someone like Shabbir Ahmed (and Shoaib Akhtar, and Shoaib Malik, and Mohammad Hafeez) has far greater problems than a system where one bowler slipped through the cracks. Frankly, I don’t think Brett Lee’s actions was ever particularly illegal. He was, of course, reported to the ICC by an Indian umpire, but I don’t recall anyone crying ‘racism’ then. And nor should they, no matter how wrong they thought it was.

    But I’ll draw your attention to a very promising young New South Welshmen called Aaron Bird, whose debut for his state was delayed for years by concerns with his bowling actions. He spent season after season with coaches and bowling specialists correcting his action. He finally got it right, and now he’s ready to play first class cricket.

    Thats the way its meant to work. Get the action sorted out before you ask the ICC and international umpires to deal with it. Sometimes even the best systems produce suspect actions, but I think its pretty obvious countries like Australia have a better vetting system than countries like Pakistan.

  10. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    Okay Tom my friend, let’s be logical. First of all most educated people in Pakistan do not think Hair as racist but incompetent, stubborn policeman. (See the first comment of this post please)

    Dont go to bowling action please. Shoaib Akhtar was never found guilty. You have to keep in mind that Pakistan is not very developed country and most of the players come up just by natural talent w/o any proper academies so there might be always cases when there would be a problem with bowling actions but wat’s wrong with that. Pakistan has never insisted that they would play Shabbir etc once ICC declared them illegal. We are not in position to decide any how about bowling actions.

    I also agree that Hair was right that Pakistan had forfeited match and England should had win.

    But just answer one thing. At the end of 53rd over when Cook got out , umpires inspected bowl and they were satisfied but at end of 56th over, they said that it was tampered so ball was tampered between those 3 overs and I believe that if we take close look at video of those 3 overs, we don’t find any thing suspested. If we believe okay the ball was tampered then why Hair did not raise an issue at end of 53rd over. Its very childish to think that you could tamper ball blatantly between three overs when there are 26 cameras. How could one tamper ball in 3 overs period. If it was the case then whole team should had been involved and continously working on ball in those 3 overs but then it is not true. This all thing proves one thing that Hair was incompetent was in his decision.

    Regarding racism in Australia, I guess we dont want to iterate what happened few months ago when SA was visiting Australia. Not ever such things happened in any cricket ground but in Australian grounds ,it was norm I guess. But my friend I understand that there are always few people in every nation that have differnt definition of fun.

    I hope you would keep visting this blog just to have an idea of other side of picture.

  11. Adnan (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:41 am

    Bravo! India backs ICC.

  12. Tom (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 6:16 am

    On the subject of South Africa in Australia, given the incident happened in Perth, which has a big South African community, and that the insults thrown were in Afrikaans, I’m pretty confident in saying they were from South African immigrants.

    Which of course doesn’t make it any better, but it certainly isn’t evidence of widespread racism in Australia. We have a very large population of South Asian immigrants, who are very heavily involved in local cricket, who never confront serious racism in their lives. I hope that situation continues, but frankly, its less likely whenever people take issues like this and explain as being issues of race. And PPH, race as an explanation has been repeatedly stated on this thread, on other blogs, and by members of the media. Its not something I’ve just made up.

    When I mentioned Akhtar I was responding to nocturnal’s post about Lee, who wasn’t found guilty either.

    As far as the practicality of Pakistan’s ball tampering goes, I think it is a difficult issue. But two very experienced umpires made the call, and they didn’t make it lightly. There’s certainly no grounds for the hysteria and vitriole that has emerged since then.

  13. B2 (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    Pakistan cheating? Now how could anyone believe such a thing. They must simply be rasist.

  14. Mishraz (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Last year, when English player were bowling Reverse Swing It was OKEY and when a Pakistani bowls a Reverse Swing .. He must have tampered the ball. Nice.!!

  15. Yawar (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    I think that Inzi should respond to the umpires call at the spot.And i personally believe that the decision was taken by the management not by the skipper himself.

  16. wasiq (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 3:30 am

    I love Australia,the people,the accent…i love everything about australia….kylie minogue,nicole kidman are my favorite singer and actress….the australian budgerigars favorite pets….australian cows & beef is the most prefered…esp during the Eid festival. In short,despite never having visited australia myself i consider it my twenty second home….Howzatt!


  17. Kashif (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    Hair tried to blackmail ICC by resigning for $500K. Apparently ICC was not interested and now Hair is in hot waters.

    Seems there won’t be any more hair on the pitches now :)

  18. robin (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 1:26 am

    No Tom, not ignore the rules, interpret them! This is a personality issue. I repeat, I can’t imagine any other current umpire apart from Hair that would have allowed that sequence of events, in a test match, to occur without question or quiet conversation. I wouldn’t say he engineered the outcome, but he appeared to relish it. I look forward to all our comments on the new revelations…. (er$500,000….) best wishes all

  19. robin (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 1:27 am

    No Tom, not ignore the rules, interpret them! This is a personality issue. I repeat, I can’t imagine any other current umpire apart from Hair that would have allowed that sequence of events, in a test match, to occur without question or quiet conversation. I wouldn’t say he engineered the outcome, but he appeared to relish it. I look forward to all our comments on the new revelations…. (er$500,000….) best wishes all

  20. Tasmeena (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    Do not blindly defend a person becuase you feel you have to..!!!

    Face the music..face the reality…Darrel HAIR is no more than a mere mortal…let him be

    what he is…
    he has fallen for money and his urge to be in news has always been with him……and to

    achieve this glory he does different things on different times….

    1) Ignoring countless LBW appeals raised by pakistani and other asians…

    2) Murali getting called a chucker

    3) Accusing Murali again in a book written just for fame

    4) Calling Shoaib Akhtar aa chucker in 2000.

    5) Calling Shabbir a chucker…

    6) Stopping Kaneria from bowling in the whole inings without giving a proper

    warning…..against WI

    7) Warning Salman Butt for running on pitch although he wasn’t…(ENG V PAK )

    8) Asking for third umpire even though INZI was just taking evasive action to save himslef

    from getting hit by a mindless throw from HARMISON last year..

    9) Countless edges and snicks from bat coming from rival batsmen on balls delivered by

    PAKISTANI Bowlers during the last 10 years..even if the snick is as loud as a drum


    10) now calling a 56 over old ball as tempered even though the ball was smashed hard,fell

    on concrete and hit hoarding boards…

    11) there are at least a dozen more stories of his inept and biased umpiring but……….

    I think you as well as many others will find the truth difficult to digest…




  21. Tasmeena (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 1:43 am


    Before I may say anything let me assure you that I am an ardent fan of Cricket and I love this game so whatever I say is not due to partialism.
    I am going to be straight forward in what I want to say….no diplomatic ways of narration…because I have had enough of whining and worst spotsmanship by the English….
    Today we have had another drama about Reverse Swing……Last year when Jones,Flintoff and Hoggard were reverse swinging ,never was the ball shown to be examined by umpires and it was taken to be just a case of an art being put in practice….!! The English Trio was hailed as MASTERS OF REVERSE SWING…!!!! No one found anything wrong….
    Now I want to take you back almost 15 years in the past….1990-91…. West Indies Captain D.Haynes and New zealand Captain M.Crowe “ACCUSED” Pakistan for doing “something ” to the ball….In fact it was just because they were whiners who could not take defeats fairly……Similarly in 1992 English media,newspapers,Players and dare I say even children and housewives went up in unison that PAKISTAN is tempering with ball….!!! Fact was that ENGLISH were totally oblivious with regards to this art…They did not know about it altogether…
    Hence each English player thought “if I don’t know how to do it then it must be something illegal …so why NOT accuse the other party and hide my embarrasment of defeat through these allegations…”
    Plainly I can say that if Person A does not know how to solve mathematical equations but person B does …then if A accuses B to be proponent of witch craft…then it will be a sad case of accusation due to one’s own less-learned approach…!!! That is exactly what has been happening till last year when finally England learned to reverse swing….
    HMMMM …How quickly one can change one’s words and thoughts……I even read in in English newspapers last year that reverse swing is as old as 1930’s and has been in practice in England…since then….how amazing….!!!!
    Now today when England thought they were going to lose fairly and squarely….an old “ally” came to their rescue..in the form of ever controversial, highly inept DARREL HAIR…Who seems to plagued with different “HUMAN ERRORS OF JUDGEMENT” whenever he is adjudicating on an appeal raised by Indian, Pakistani,Srilankan player…..He might not hear a big nick from 22 yards though it might be heard by a sparrow sitting 75 yards away on boundary..!!!
    He can ask for banning players for “over appealing” , he can warn bowlers and even batsmen for tempering with wicket…by running on it (only Asians have been accused by him..be it TENDULKAR,SALMAN BUT OR KANERIA…)…
    Then he can call a bowler a chucker…be it Murali,Afridi, Akhtar,Shabbir or Hafeez….
    Still he is on elite panel….Pakistan team have lodged official complaints about this HIGHLY PARTIAL umpire at least 3 times in 5 years…but still he is seen officiating no other match but those involving Pakistan,,….
    Fact of the matter is that with the passage of time this man has been growing wild with respect to Asian countries…and now he has started going really berserk….What happened today is totally INCOMPREHENSIBLE…..
    When after each over the ball is examined then how on earth the ball was deemed to be tempered so suddenly…….
    It is a fact that HAIR must be congratulated that in Cricket History …he is only the second umpire after T.Robinson from Zimbabwe ..who actually tempered with the ball….yes T.Robinson actually soaked a ball in water after he saw it reversing for Pakistan during a match in 1998….
    Today, I am sure that it was HAIR who scratched the ball with blades during some break….WHY DO WE ALWAYS ACCUSE TEAMS…IF ROBINSON DID IT IN 1998 why can’t Hair do it in 2006….
    I think we should look this matter from other PERSPECTIVE…..Justice can only be met if impartialty is met with….
    Because when umpires are always checking ball how can it be tempered…if and only if they are BLIND or if they are tempering with it themselves….
    Nowadays cameras are there…millions are watching on TV and scores of officials on ground are there….nowadays ball can not be scratched so easily by players …unless an umpire DOES it himself …YES an umpire can temper with the ball legally …on the pretext of setting the seem of ball right by plucking with blades………!!!!!!
    So before getting on to any conclusion I think looking at track record of this HIGHLY PARTIAL and dare I say very very rude umpire ….if justice is to be maintained then he should also be probed…..and what to say about his fellow umpire BILLY DOCTROVE….Who dileberately did not give Jimmy Adams caught behind against Pakistan in 2000 and Pakistan lost….later on he went into Pakistan dressing room…and officially apologized for partial umpiring…!!! wow…and still he is on elite panel and officiating in allaince with D.HAIR…
    I think if fast bowlers can hunt in pairs then shrewd and dishonest umpires can also hunt as well as hurt in pairs….!!!!!
    I think umpires are not beyond the game…they are part of it and they are human too…so they can resort to vindictism and wrong doing…so why not probe them too………

  22. fazzy (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 2:57 am

    hair chose 0.5 million us dollor but not chose principle and honesty, there fore in my view hair is a cheater because if he want to retair then he must chose unconditional retairment, becasue if you sincer with the game of cricket then you must follow the rules and regulation, princeple, if icc feel guilty then accept and accept punishment also,

  23. napster (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    Are the Pakistan team now going to apologise to world cricket after Shoaib was caught on camera lifting the seam by sky cameras in tuesday’s one day international?

    He was banned 3 years ago for this in new zealand by umpire Gamini Silva of Sri Lanka. I suppose he was racist too?

  24. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Napster: You appear to be greater administrator of the game, you must suggest that the bolwer should be “gloved” with the keepers, so as to have a buttery finger over the ball.

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