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Hair out of Champions Trophy

Thursday, 28 September 2006 - 8:18pm IST | Agency: AFP
Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair will not officiate in next month's Champions Trophy in India because of security concerns.

LONDON: Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair will not officiate in next month's Champions Trophy in India because of security concerns.


Hair was at the centre of a damaging row last month over the ball-tampering allegations against Pakistan that led to the Oval Test against England ending in a farce.


Pakistan, incensed that Hair accused them of ball tampering by penalising the team five runs, refused to take the field after tea on the fourth day.


Hair and fellow-umpire Billy Doctrove of the West Indies awarded the match to England, resulting in the first forfeiture in the 129-year history of Test cricket.


Pakistan captain Inzaman ul-Haq was on Thursday cleared of ball-tampering but found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and banned for four one-day internationals.




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