Pakistan may ask ICC to replace umpire Darrell Hair
December 27, 2005
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has thought about asking the ICC to replace
Darrell Hair, the Australian umpire, for the final two Tests against India,
after he was embroiled in a number of controversies in the recent home
series against England.
"The Chairman of the Board has discussed the appointment of Hair by the ICC
and whether it would be feasible for Pakistan to ask the world governing
body to appoint another umpire in his place," a Board source told `The News'
on Monday. But he made it clear that no decision had been taken on whether
the PCB would ask the ICC through official or unofficial channels to replace
"It is a touchy issue and the Chairman also discussed the pros and
cons/repercussions of making such a request with the ICC since the world
governing body is the sole appointing authority of umpires for Tests and
internationals and are keen to back up their appointed umpires at all
times," the source said.
Hair will stand with South African Rudi Koertzen in the second Test in
Faisalabad and then with fellow Australian Simon Taufel in the third Test at
Karachi. The first Test at Lahore is to be supervised by Koertzen and
Australian Daryl Harper. Taufel has also been appointed for the five ODIs.
Saleem Altaf, the PCB Director Cricket Operations, declined to comment on
Hair's appointment saying the ICC was the appointing authority and member
countries usually followed their appointments. Asked about reports that
Pakistan was considering appealing against Hair's appointment, Altaf
declined to make any comments.
Asked what had happened regarding Pakistan's proposal to the Indian board to
have neutral umpires supervise all five one-dayers as was done in the recent
series against England, Altaf said this was still under discussion. "We had
sent our proposal to the former Indian board set-up. There has been a change
of guard and when we meet with the Indian official Ratnakar Shetty in Lahore
on Tuesday we will discuss the issue with him. Obviously if the Indians have
no problems to having neutral umpires supervise the one-dayers we will ask
the ICC to make further appointments," he said.
But Altaf said he would also like to check up and see what the former Indian
board set-up had said about the appointment of neutral umpires. "We are very
keen on this experiment carrying on against India. But we could only do it
against England after their board agreed to it," he added.
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